A Philosophy of Information

Bernard T Smith

Publisher Trafford Publishing
ISBN 978-1-4120-7404-9
RRP £17.50
Reviewed by Danny Williams MBCS CITP
Score 10 out of 10

philosophyofinformation People who have an interest in IT often focus on the technology aspect. This isn't surprising as technology manifests itself in tangible objects such as iPods, PCs and mobile phones. Information is far less tangible. You can’t hold information in your hand, it doesn't smell, it doesn't come in different colours and it doesn't make a sound.

The physical law of the conservation of energy states that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant. In other words, energy can be converted from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed.

Information doesn’t obey such a law. If I give someone some information, I still have it as well. So, what are the laws that govern information? What is information? And how do we, as human beings interact with it?

The author has been contemplating these questions and many more for several years. This book is the result
Bertrand Russell postulated that philosophy is something intermediate between theology and science. The ideas discussed in this book definitely address both aspects.

Bernard Smith covers areas such as memory, dreams and the paranormal, as well as how computers store and process information. He makes many comparisons between the human mind and computers. However this is not a technology book.

Without information there would be no need for the technology that we dedicate our careers to. And without information, the author suggests that we wouldn’t exist. Don’t you owe it to yourself to understand a little more about this thing called information?