8 de setembro de 2009

Evolução da Informação

Resumo da conferência de Jim Salmon no Congresso sobre O Impacto de Darwin

Evolution of Information

Like the concept of energy before Newton, western culture imagined information to be an abstract concept. Until recent developments of information technology, people read books and wrote letters, but analysis of information itself was not common. In this paper the physical reality of information is presumed to exist outside the brain. The purpose of the talk compares quantitative and qualitative analyses of the evolution of information, an aspect of Darwin’s impact on science, society and culture. It is proposed that qualitative interpretations of the evolution of information can offer at least as much understanding of Darwin’s significance as quantitative interpretations.
Contemporary quantitative analyses of the evolution of information can introduce ambiguity because of interpretations of the meaning of the concept of entropy when applied to information theory. It will be proposed that the result of this ambiguity still does not limit the general proposal of a hyper-physics of two fundamental energies in nature, proposed originally by Teilhard de Chardin, and in agreement with evolutionist theories of natural selection.
Although Charles Darwin did not speculate about the origin of life in his publications, in his last letter he wrote, “… the principle of life will hereafter be shown to be a part or consequence of some general law.” Analysis of the historical process of the increasing complexity of matter in its evolution reveals developmental changes in creation, storage and communication of information. One conclusion from analysis of these qualitative data about information underwrites examination of Darwin’s question “the principle of life will hereafter be a part or consequence of some general law,” It is proposed that qualitative studies of the evolution of information reveal a principle of development in nature from matter to spirituality?