Archive for January, 2011

Course on The Philosophy of Information

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Have just discovered this course on The Philosophy of Information; hmm, I would say that this is the first ever such course.

On Quantifying Semantic Information

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

New paper published in the journal Information: On Quantifying Semantic Information

Grasping Semantic Information

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Here is a recent talk given by Floridi on Semantic Information. Following is the talk’s abstract:

Semantic information is a very slippery topic. If we know the relevant codes, we patently have no problems in understanding sentences in natural languages, maps, formulae, road signs or other similar instances of well-formed an meaningful data. And yet, information scientists and philosophers have struggled to determine what exactly semantic information is and what it means for an agent to become informed semantically. In this paper, I shall discuss the “three pillars” of the philosophy of information: Shannon’s communication model, the covariance model and the inverse relationship principle. I shall argue that none of them captures our intuitions about semantic information and “becoming informed”. I shall then outline what I hope might be a more promising strategy.