Norbert Wiener’s information

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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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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