Originally a theory of communication devised by an engineer to quantify the invisible data transmitted through a wire or radio signal. Now it refers generally to understanding any system or collection of things that display the traits of Organization : order, pattern, function, purpose, inter-dependence, or shared knowledge.


The intent of a communication is not always obvious and literal. Instead must be inferred or interpreted by the receiving mind based on some knowledge of the sending mind (abstract ideas, emotions). Intention is the motive behind an act of   In-form-action.


An ancient philosophical doctrine asserting that the essential substance of reality is physical matter. It was opposed to the doctrine of Idealism which claimed that abstract ideas were even more essential than solid matter. In the 19th century paradigm of science Materialism was associated with the scientific method of Reductionism.


A hypothetical unit of cultural information, analogous to the Gene as a unit of biological information. Mental packages of information, similar to bits, and bytes, and words, and symbols.  Information in the form of “Memes” follows basically the same logical rules of syntax  as information in the form of genes.


Memetics is a post-genetic approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer based on the concept of the Meme. Viral propagation of ideas. Memetics is the study of Cultural Evolution.


Physics refers to the things we perceive with the eye of the body. Meta-physics refers to the things we conceive with the eye of the mind. Meta-physics includes the properties, and qualities, and functions that make a thing what it is. ~ See Ideality.


An outlook that ignores or denies the reality of supernatural entities and events. It is a humanistic philosophy based on scientific reasoning rather than faith in ancient scriptures. Usually associated with Materialism.


A system with internal cooperation and coordination between parts. Its elements are not loose and free, but bound together into an organic whole.


A worldview or belief system characteristic of an era of science, or of a  particular scientific discipline.

The essential scientific method of simplifying the complexity of reality by ignoring the hard parts. Analysis breaks down big conceptual chunks into more understandable small pieces. Opposite of Holism.

A set of interacting or interdependent entities, real or abstract, forming an integrated whole. Systems Theory studies the structure and behavior of complex sets in their context.


Philosophically, substance is the essential element of a thing. Ideas are called “substantial” to the degree that they have a significant impact on material reality.


The general, philosophical understanding of a person’s situation relative to the whole world. This fundamental belief system is constructed by each individual from innate dispositions, experienced perceptions,  cultural memes, and reasoned inferences to serve as a template for learning and operating within the limits of the physical and social environment. It is an internal model of reality, which frames and filters all incoming information. This mental conception is all we know of Reality.


In fact, it is now believed that information may be the most basic concept in physics---potentially even more important than matter or energy as an organizing principle.
—- Robert Aunger
        The Electric Mene

Computers have been weak in their ability to understand and process information that contains abstractions and complex webs of relationships, but they are improving.
—- Raymond Kurzweil

. . . information might be the fundamental, immutable language of Nature.
—- Charles Seife
									Decoding the Universe
. . . Continued from.

A more extensive list of technical terminology related to the Enformationism Thesis can be found in the Intelligent Evolution Glossary appended to this site under the heading of General Information.

Other unfamiliar terms may be explored further in Wikipedia : URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik i/Phenomenalism

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