pk’s usage at Macroinformation relates to the public language but is specifically a reference to the nature of phenomena in the macrouniverse as mental constructs: informational constructs. We see light through the microscope; it’s the mind that sees a “cell.” We see “nations” on a map that no telescope trained on the corresponding planet can show.
2008 06 20
Macroinformation is my coinage. (I’ve also been tempted by a synonym coinage: synfo: synergistic information.)
Bucky Fuller used to present the concept of synergy by depicting three equilateral triangles with their edges joined such that a pyramid is formed. Let’s say that the three triangles are made of colored plastic. Turning the pyramid we see the three triangles in this new combination. Then Bucky would point out a fourth triangle, an immaterial triangle, forming a new side!
1 + 1 = 2. 1 + 2 = 4!
Three triangles thus joined form a tetrahedron: four triangles. Where did the fourth triangle come from? Synergy.
I say that the same is true of new complex information emerging from data added to data: over time: and in an environment.
For example, I take something from my recent experience:
The US guarantees freedom of speech, drafts everyone into school to be told about it. I accused my university of fraud, said I had evidence proving it at home. The university complained to the FBI, the FBI arrested me, the US court censored the bulk of one of my five web sites, but in so doing knocked down all five: including my business, including this information science web site.
The data says “free speech.” Actions prove “not true.” The macroinformation, the synfo, invites understanding, invites a meaning, that the data is false.
Nine people allowed to speak and one arrested for speaking adds up to something very different from freedom of speech.
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