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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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Ancestral Information

Ancestral Information

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(p.24) Chapter Three Ancestral Information
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Holding On to Reality
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0004

The ancestral environment is the ground state of information and reality and human beings have developed in it along with their abilities to read its signs. This ancestral environment of the human family was a world of predominantly natural information. This environment was profoundly coherent because of the regular interplay of signs and things. It shows how a certain order of signs and things makes for a coherent and well-articulated world; it also indicates that the economy of information depends on a certain character of reality, which can be neutrally called significant structure. The ancestral environment of the Salish was well-ordered and coherent because some natural signs stood as landmarks from among the inconspicuous and transitory signs of creeks, rocks, trees, and tracks. Conventional signs developed from the stationary and monumental to the mobile and instrumental and so became better signs.

Keywords:   ancestral environment, information, reality, natural information, significant structure

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