Let me recap the pertinent definitions of the technical term “information” (I): A>"the
immaterial quality of physical patterns and processes that stimulates meaning in
a mind" B> “some physicists began to treat electrons simply as mathematical definitions”
C> “metaphysical Information is THE organizing principle of the universe”. Hence,
(I) is not matter, but material electrons are (I), which is simply Order or Organization.
Another way to put it is, Information is the foundational structure of the real world.
Information is “that which gives form” to matter. Without information, nothing would
That may take a while to sink in, because we are switching scales from holistic cosmic
creation to sub-atomic pieces of the creation. Obviously, I'm skipping over the human
scale evidence, since that mundanely evident stuff has already been debated to death
for millennia. I prefer to focus on the cutting-edge of science, where the evidence
is still fresh and uncontaminated by prejudicial beliefs. By the way, if you are
already familiar with these cutting-edge concepts, and I seem condescending by insinuating
otherwise; I apologize. But in my experience, present company excepted, most people
are happy to ignore such useless pursuits of knowledge-for-the-sake-of knowing.
Modern materialists don't seem to have a problem believing that the world is made
of ethereal Energy. They accept the current scientific creed that the matter we see
is made of atomic particles, which in turn are made of invisible energy. Before you
insist that we can see or detect energy, please recall that electricity, for example,
is not energy per se, it's simply the physical consequence of energy flowing from
one material electron to another. The same energy that makes-up electrons also constitutes
neutrons and protons. If we can accept the idea of invisible Forces taking material
form as a reasonable concept, then why should we balk at the idea that energy is
actually a manifested form of information? What “flows” between physical objects
is the “force” that we could just as well call “In-form-action”. Some other terms
for (I) are “relationships”, “ratios”, “probabilities”, “ideas”, “concepts”, “designs”,
and so forth.
So, what is Information made of? Nothing. Literally no-thing. No physical substance,
that is. Information, in the technical sense, is composed of an invisible, immaterial,
meta-physical, meta-substance. Nonsensical word-play, you say. That’s right, the
sensible, material world is made of stuff that only makes sense to a mind. Hence,
I conclude that the Real world is actually made of Ideal mindstuff. While you grapple
with that counter-intuitive concept, I’ll give you another preview, and then wait
for your questions and comments (in the Feedback section). If matter and energy
are essentially different forms of fundamental information, and if information is
essentially Mind-Stuff, then the comprehensive Cosmos may be envisioned metaphorically
as a Great Mind thinking great thoughts, and imagining you and me. However, although
the external Cause of the physical universe would have to be super-natural, by definition,
the meta-physical Information that constitutes the cosmos is as natural as electrons
and numbers. ●
Enformy: The Capacity to Organize Chapter 19 in Thinking on the Edge,
R. A. Kapnick and A. A. Kelly, eds. Burbank, CA: Agamemnon Press 1993.
Abstract : Life has developed and increased in complexity on earth despite the universal
principle of increasing entropy. This indicates the operation of a principle that
describes the tendency toward organization, away from randomness. Though life is
an expression of increasing organization, studies of life itself are limited because
science has provided no theoretical construct for organization per se. Herein, this
concept is provided as enformy, the capacity to organize.
Enformy is conserved. It
is also inter-transformable with energy and mass. Thus, energy, mass, and enformy
are three distinct descriptors of the universe. Energy accounts for work, mass accounts
for matter, and enformy accounts for organization.
The concept of enformy and its
implications not only explains the occurrence of life, it resolves the classical
mind/body problem, and predicts the occurrence of telepathy and "ghost" phenomena.
Because it also applies to non-living systems, the concept resolves the mysteries
of Schrodinger's cat of quantum mechanics and the principle of least action of classical
mechanics. Thus, enformy provides a conceptual framework for integrating the physical,
biological, and psychological sciences..
Here's an abstract from a book proposing the concept of "Enformy" (which is equivalent
to In-Form-Action). My own thesis agrees with all except the items in bold (let’s
just say that I am skeptical).
The a-causality and indeterminacy of Quantum theory has allowed spiritualists to
assert that they have scientific support for their ghost sightings and water memory.
But my layman's understanding of QT doesn't see the connection. Information is ideas,
not ectoplasm; it's memes, not magic. Enformy is cosmic potential, not mystic phenomena.
I find this novel concept of Information as the substance of reality to be fruitful.
But it is also susceptible to the old philosophical side-road of reification. Metaphors
which point beyond mundane reality are often mistaken for descriptions of a higher,
truer Reality, when they are only embellished, earth-bound idioms.
In-Form-Action and Enformy may sound like new technical terms for ancient poetic
concepts such as Spirit and Divine Will. But some of the old associations and extrapolations
(such as ghosts and psycho-kinesis) may no-longer fit the more-precisely-defined
structure of modern paradigms.
Or Not ?
Ω Ψ Π Σ
The ubiquity and nonmateriality of energy make it an attractive concept to apply
to mental and biological systems. . . . However, using the energy concept in this
context is a scientific dead-end because it locks one's thinking into the prevailing
paradigm--which is blind to organization.