Norbert Wiener’s observations about information came around the same time as Shannon’s Information and likewise related information inversely to probabilty.
Ah, but Wiener said, I paraphrase, There’s more information in a great poem than there is in the Manhattan telephone book.
Thus Winer’s comments refer to art and literature (… politics, life) … They imply complexity! (and therefore Macroinformation!) (or something like it). Thus, had I heard Wiener’s comment in the 1960s I probably wouldn’t have bothered to invent Macroinformation: I would have figured that it was already understood: by somebody.
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