Anton P. Zeleznikar

Theory of the Informational

Last updated: February 2, 2004

1. Research Beginning

The list of author's references evidently shows that the most important and extensive study in his research life could be undertaken in the last decade when two conditions become fulfilled. The first one was to have a free research time for special, uncommon, and new investigation of something called the informational. The second condition concerns the authors professional maturity and the intention to explore that of the informational which was not accessible by the traditional philosophy and reductionistic formalism (mathematics). Such an investigating approach was possible just after the author's experience in computer science and engineering, after studying and lecturing subjects as Boolean algebra, formal languages, compilers, operating systems, information systems, and the like.

On the other hand, a special formalistic experience came from his dissertation, especially by the work in the area of overlapping algorithms where also new formaistic symbolism was introduced. Some ideas for such an approach came from the work of the Russian mathematician Andrei Andreevich Markov - the author of the normal algorithms.

Theory of the Informational was and still is a long-term project of the author, having its beginning in the years 1984-1986, when the author was searching for an adequate to the machine informationa processing, however in the brain. At that time, Brain Research (a two-week scientific journal) was carefully studied for any informational phenomenalism (physical, chemical, biological) in the brain. The result of this search was - within the authors perspective - not any one. Thus, at that time, the decission was taken to begin the long and unforeseeable lonely way into the domain of such an informational phenomenalism of mind - as a physical phenomenalism of the brain.

2. The First Step. On the Way to Information

The first step into the realm of the informational was problematic in several aspects. There was no adequate terminology, language and concepts. At that time, in spring 1987, I have had the luck to meet an American engineer and philosopher at the Iskra-Delta Computers where I was employed. I have already written an initial text in Slovene and began to translate it in English without the sufficient knowledge and experience in English. Now I had the opportunity to discuss the matter in English with an educated American, John D. Freyder. At the beginning he was pretty desperate since we could not get a satisfactory basis for our common discussion. Thus, he stated at first that the subject seems to be rather confused. However, interestingly, after several weeks of discussion he came to the conclusion that the matter seems to be reasonable and philosophically innovative. Thus, with his help, I wrote the first offshoot in the realm of the informational, On the Way to Information.

The essay was neither conventional nor systematic, but it opened quite a different perspective with the feeling that significantly new problems could come to the surface, and that a substantially new formalism will emerge through time and through a sufficiently consequent intuition. One of the points was to build up a parallel to the Heidegger's philosophy of Being which was felt to be circular and spontaneous in every respect, and particularly in Being as understanding and interpretation.

The essay On the Way to Information was a presentation of the research program as a long-term project. It included everything substantial for the further development of the informational concept in a phylosophical and formalistic (beyond-mathematical) way. When reading the essay today, the then dimension, capturing, and formalistic non-reductionism can be recognized as an ambitious plan for the future research. Principles of informing of information are captured explicitly and implicitly, bringing to the view the most significant of them: emerging as informing, counterinforming and embedding of information (metaphysicalism of an informational entity), spontaneity and circularity, serialism and parallelism in structure and organization of entities, to mention a few of the most characteristic informational concepts.

3. Informational Principles and Determinations. A Verbal and Formal Exposition

Let us list the main informational principles (axioms, rules) in the form of short concepts, like in a dictionary. The 'i.' will mark 'informational':

  • i. externalism means that something s (a thing, phenomenon, proces, an entity) informs (|=), that is, s |= ;
  • i. internalism means that something s is informed (in fact, being informed) (|=), that is, |= s ;
  • i. metaphysicalism means that something s informs itself and is informed by itself, that is,
    s |= s ;
  • i. phenomenalism means that something s informs and is simultaneously informed, that is,
    ( s |= ; |= s ).
    These four principles are fundamental, and out of them everything informational can be induced, deduced, abduced, decomposed, and composed. What comes out of these principles is called informational formulas.

    I. formulas consist of operands (e.g., something s), operators (the general form |=), and the parenthesis pairs '(', ')', respectively.
    I. operands are single markers, i. formulas or i. formula systems, parenthesized as subformulas or appearing as autonomous formula systems. Operands are informationally emerging formula entities. Their emerging comes from themselves (metaphysicalism) and from the informational impacting (informing) of other, informationally coupled operands. In general, an informational operand performs as a circularly and spontaneously organized system. This definition of the operand shows its arbitrarily complex and perplexed entity, coupled with other operands of a formula system, its interior and exterior informational environment.
    I. operators are binary (dual) operators, existing between two i. operands. They are a consequence of informing capability of the left operand and the observing capability of the right operand. In this sense i. externalism is thought as a right-open formula where on the empty side anything can appear as an i. operand. It is meant that an i. operand informs for other operand, according to their observing capabilities.
    Similar can be said for i. internalism. An operand is open to any informing of other operands; in this sense the left side of the operator is empty (open). Etc.
    An operator is a compositum of its left and right operand. It can be said that the operator between the two operands is determined by the informational natures of both operands (informingness and informedness capabilities of operationally involved operands). Thus, the operator in formula s |= t represents (means) an operator composition of the left-operand involved part and the right-operand involved part of operator between operands. In this way, operator |= is a composition of s-causing part and t-causing part. Operands s and t perplexedly impact the structure and organization of operator |=.

    4. Informational Logic. Formalization Beginning

    Formal symbolism can be defined in the following way:

    5. Modi informationis

    6. Informational Transition. Details

    7. Informational Metaphysicalism, Its Structure, and Organization

    8. Informational Graphs

    9. Informational Topology

    10. Informational Consciousness



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