[lit-ideas] Re: What is information?

  • From: "John McCreery" <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 12:30:03 +0900

"Sets" was plainly the wrong word. "Thingies" perhaps?

Re "One might believe, with Frege, that a concept without sharp
boundaries isn't a concept at all, and with a precocious Jamesian infant that
the actual world will continue to be a vast, buzzing, blooming confusion. Words
are words and not some other thing and the relation between word and world is
something else entirely."

Yes, but then, like Frege, you would find yourself at the end of the
day with nothing to talk about except mathematics. Can we name even
one major topic of human discourse--love, law, art, religion,
philosophy, science....whatever....for which a nonarbitrary concept is
possible given Frege's strictures?

Note, please, that I have no problem with constructing definitions for
hypothetical or practical purposes, only with those who think that
scholastic logic-chopping is learning something about the Jamesian
infant's world.


John McCreery
The Word Works, Ltd., Yokohama, JAPAN

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