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Holding On to RealityThe Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium$
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Albert Borgmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066257

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.001.0001

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The Nature of Information

The Nature of Information

(p.17) Chapter Two The Nature of Information
Holding On to Reality
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The nature of information is usually known as instructive information because in its original and central sense it teaches about what is remote in space or time. Instructive information is not a carrier that brings a distant thing closer and for information to work in such a way there have to be signs, objects of some sort that are about something, objects whose function is reference rather than presence. Thus, information has to be a relation of at least four terms, that is, a PERSON is informed by a SIGN about some THING within a certain CONTEXT. Part of the cultural context is the nature of syllabic writing, the conventions of pictographic writing and the writings of inflected language; part of the natural context is the location of towns and harbor.

Keywords:   nature, information, instructive information, person, sign, thing, context

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