One thing that all of these examples of leading-edge science have in common is a
prominent role for Information. Not the mundane stuff you get on Google, but the
essential stuff as defined by Claude Shannon. In his analysis of communication, he
saw that data flows in a manner similar to electricity in wires. Meaningful information
is equivalent to potent Energy as opposed to depleted Entropy. Yet in a larger context,
Information also has the ability to give meaningful or useful or valuable form or
shape to some raw, unformed material. Information is full of potential as opposed
to the emptiness of Entropy. Inspired by that potent metaphor, along with some insights
from Quantum Theory, I have concluded that Energy actually consists of Elemental
Information. On the most basic levels, such as laws of physics, that invisible “in-formation”
is equivalent to the numerical relationships we call mathematics. According to my
developing thesis of Enformationism [see Note 1], as we zoom our perspective from
micro (smallest) to macro (human scale) to cosmic (largest), the information we find
becomes more and more condensed, compressed, and solid, and then it begins to fade
away back into the same ethereal stuff it began from. This is an essential part of
the cycle of evolution: the Ourobouros (snake biting tail) information cycle---what
goes around, comes around. In other words, evolution begins and ends as information.
In the process, this proto-energy is neither created nor destroyed, but only changes
form–-like Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god of the ancient Greeks.
Step one in the cycle of evolution is what I call theIn-Form-Action(IFA) stage.
[see Note 2] IFA can be visualized as raw, unprocessed, absolute, formless, primal,
proto-energy. In physics, energy is defined as “the ability to do work”, whereas
IFA can be further defined as the potential for change, and the power to give form
to the formless. Keep in mind that potential is not a physical "thing"; it is more
like a principle or a definition---or a law. In other words, information about something,
rather than a thing in itself. Such information is typically expressed in mathematics
as a ratio (the root of rationality), and the arithmetic symbol is "/ " or "÷" or
"%", where the dots and spaces are variable values, and the bar signifies an implicit
connection. In language the abstract ratio is expressed as a more concrete relationship
(a comparison). The logical symbol for a meaningful relationship is " x:y ", where
the variables are compared to each other in the form (A:B::B:C), meaning A is to
B as B is to C. In all such cases the overall meaning or “mind-value” is in the ratio
or relationship, not in the things themselves. Hence, numerical information about
physical things is more elemental than the energy or matter they are made of.
Step two is the Active Energy phase of the cosmic process. Metaphorically, that
original universalPotential(IFA) was bottled-up in the singularity that gave birth
to the Big Bang. During the so-called “inflationary” phase, the substance of the
universe was not yet organized into the energy and matter we are now familiar with.
As time went by though, that dark formless fog of potential energy was in-formed
by the mathematical laws of physics, and transformed first into Light Energy. Visible
light is a common form of electro-magnetic energy, but EME is also manifested in
many other forms. For example, the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation recently
discovered by astronomers is considered to be a remnant of that first burst of light
after the Big Bang. EM energy is organized into a pattern of wavelengths that perform
specific kinds of change, and it ranges from nuclear forces, to electro-magnetism,
to gravity*. All of these manifestations of information /energy are able to create
or change the form of matter.
Step three is the Materialization phase of the birth of the universe. As
some cosmologists have described it, after the Big Bang an inflationary “cloud” of
pent-up creative energy expanded rapidly, and cooled down to a point where the pre-dawn
cosmic “fog” began to condense into tangible bits of Matter. As various wavelengths
of energy interacted among themselves, tiny drops of sub-atomic matter condensed
out of the “cloud” of proto-energy. Some physicists envision these first inklings
of matter as intersecting wave crests of energy vibrations. One way to think of materialization
is to envision complex interactions of electromagnetic wave crests and troughs that
either cancel or enhance each other, turning potential energy into actual matter.
That description is only a metaphor for something science hasn’t yet pinned down.
In any case, physicists have concluded that matter is basically a solid form of intangible
energy. Mass-energy equivalence was proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905 (E = MC²).
Mass-Energy-Information equivalence is the subject of this thesis.
The eternal cycle
Note 2 The “-ation” ending added to “inform” means << the action of . . .>>
Note 1 The “en” prefix added to “form” means << to cause to be >>
* Yes, gravity is also a form of proto-energy (in-form-action), in the sense that
it has the potential to cause change in matter. Gravity shapes space, which in turn
gives form to matter.
Not only then is the ratio a:b the fundamental notion for all activities of perception,
but it signals one of the most basic processes of intelligence in that it symbolizes
a comparison between two things, and is thus the elementary basis for conceptual
judgement . . . A proportion, however, is more complex, for it is a relationship
of equivalency between two ratios . . . An analogy.