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The Phenomenon of Information: A Conceptual Approach to Information Flow

The Phenomenon of Information: A Conceptual Approach to Information Flow (Paperback)

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We are surrounded by information. Even the most routine situations in which we find ourselves conceal a hidden information flow. Every step we take, a host of signals meet us, providing information about what is happening in other parts of reality. The cherry tree in bloom reveals that spring has arrived. The footprint left on wet sand indicates that someone has walked along the beach. A red traffic light signals that we must bring our car to a halt. In The Phenomenon of Information, author Mario Perez-Montoro addresses the problems of providing a theoretical explanation of how a signal carries informational content, how to identify its characteristics, and how to define the mechanisms for describing it. To do this, Perez-Montoro examines several theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of information: the mathematical theory of communication, Dretske's approach, and the relational theory of meaning. A critique of these efforts leads to the author's definition of informational content, named "the extensional approach," which is designed to overcome the conceptual limitations of the previous theories.

The author proposes that his definition might serve as a basis on which a satisfactory analysis of the concept of information can be developed.

Reference & ResearchLibrary & information sciencesInformation theoryReference & ResearchResearch & information: general Publisher: Scarecrow Press Publication Date: 11/06/2007 ISBN-13: 9780810859425  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mario Perez-Montoro is a Professor in the Department of Information Science at the Universitat de Barcelona and IN3 researcher (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute). His work focuses on conceptual, semantic, epistemological and pragmatic aspects of Information Science and Knowledge Management.

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