What is Information? Introductory Remarks to Frame the Investigation
What is Information? Why is It Relativistic? & What is Its Relationship to Materiality, Meaning & Organization?
Information and Language and their Interrelationship
Culture and Information and their Interrelation
Propagating Extra-Somatic Organization in the Symbolsphere
Propagating Organization, Neo-Duality and Material and Non-Material Emergence
The Four Spheres of Influence on Human Existence
Science as a Language, the Non-Probativity Theorem and the Complementarity of Complexity and Predictability
What is a Book? Past, Present and Future From the Clay Tablet to the SmartBook
Non-verbal Information and Artistic Expression in the Symbolosphere and Its Emergence through Secondary Perception
Welcome to this site that allows you to read my book What is Information? and to post your comments as I have just dome. I hope that you will share your thoughts about the nature of information and about the ideas I have developed in my book. I hope in this way we may socialize this book and convert it from a monologue into a conversation. I promise to respond to all comments. Thank you for visiting our site.
Sincerely yours – Bob Logan
This is a very interesting book which really helps me to be open-minded. First, the design for the cover page is really nice, which combines biology elements and mathematics elements, which I can get a mind that this book is sort of cross field research studies. Indeed, I found that the ideology “culture as an organism” really inspires me. As a Book and Media studies student we always read Marshall McLuhan but we are getting tired of his ideology, but in this book I think it gives an extension of his idea in a very precise and interesting way of explanation. And I can easily find relevant resources for my research in this book since the topics are comprehensive.
This book is an excellent primer on information. Bob Logan, the author of the book, manages to cover the topic of information in its historical context, scientific context, philosophical context, and etc. A discussion of the book in various contexts is needed for a broad and holistic narrative of information. With this being said, Logan skillfully draws upon many disciplines (e.g. linguistics, biology, physics) to aid him in his task.
It should be mentioned that accessibility is at the heart of this book in terms of content and form. Firstly, in terms of content, the book is written in an accessible manner therefore allowing a layman understanding to a topic that is otherwise exclusive. Secondly, in terms of content, the book is accessible in the sense that it is offered digitally free of cost and in print form.
Having both experienced reading the hard copy and this online copy of Bob Logan’s book, it shows the way that information is easily accessible to the reader through many different platforms. Bob Logan does an excellent job in using simple yet intelligent ways to make his points, and the book itself is a great way to gain knowledge about information throughout the years. Being interested in cultural studies myself, his chapter on the relationship of cultural and information was fascinating.
I applaud Bob Logan for including this free digital piece of his work for all to read and become informed on this topic. It further proves the idea that information is accessible to all and quickly found.
Professor Logan eloquently discusses the nature of information in his latest book, What is Information? Just like what Leibniz called “that horrible mass of books that keeps on growing”, the information age thrusts netizens into a realm where electronic and digital information is coming at us from all sides, overwhelming the human senses. The book provides an understanding of the information in all its forms through historical and social flows that traces the management of information and knowledge in propagating organization. To quote Marshall McLuhan, “the medium is the message”. The availability of the book in both print and digital formats alludes to the medium in which information is transmitted, obtained, and understood. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who interacts with information on the daily.
What is Information tackles a broad concept and, rather than narrowing it down in a singular, definitive way, expands its reader’s perspective on how we communicate and engage in information, our cultures, knowledge, experiences and so on, as members of the new media world. I enjoyed how Logan opened up the slippery notion of information as something that touches on, and molds itself against multiple platforms of transmitting and transforming data, ideas and knowledge. In this way he is able to use the concept of information as a entrance into navigating the worlds of life sciences, language, culture, economy and technology.
The book offers its readers a completely refreshing definition of the term “information”. The Author Robert K. Logan differentiates three types of information that were previously defined by other scholars, and points out that by understanding the concept and the complexity incorporated in the meaning of “information”, people can grasp a better apprehension of science, math, and culture than before. Also, his insights on the four spheres of influence on human existence are fascinating as well. Finally, by differentiating science from math, with relation to logic, reality, and reliability, Logan provides an original and important contribution to the studies of communication and language.
“What is Information?” is a very interesting book as it suggests a re-definition of the term “information”. Before reading the book, I considered information to be just the same as data and knowledge, which functions to explain things. However, Logan suggests information as completely different from the other two: information as a carrier of meaning. Also, it is very interesting how Logan relates the mediating function of information within the four ecosystems. I think this book “What is Information?” is a great extension of Marshall McLuhan’s idea “medium is the message”, with additional innovative and insightful ideas that are closely related to the contemporary digital world.
I am happy to share the following email I received from He Daokuan in China who has translated a number of my books and wishes to translate two more books: What is Information? and The Extended Mind.
On Nov 2, 2017, at 3:23 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Dear Prof Logan:
(1) The editor of your McLuhan Misunderstood says, editing work is steady, and he wants to bring it out next month or early next year.
(2) In addition to promote this book, I want very much to publicise you among Chinese accademics.
(3) Hence, I want to write a couple of essays to propagate your special expanding of M McLuhan’s media theory, basing on the three translations of mine of your Alphabet, Understanding New Media and McLuhan Misunderstood.
(4) To put my essays on solid basis, you might do me a special favour by allowing me to have your other works esp. What is information? Extended Mind ?
Could you send the e-texts of the above two books or some others you could trust me with?
(5) I want very much to convince a publisher (like Fudan) to accept the Chinese versions of the the above two books.
Thanks in advance
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