(not completly) new topics

From: Erdi Peter <erdi@sunserv.kfki.hu>
Date: Tue 04 Jun 2002 - 02:54:44 CEST

Dear FISers:

Pedro Marijaun asked me to serve as the second chair in this FIS 2002
e-conference. Thanks for Kochiro to direct the first thirs of our discussions.

Maybe it is not blasfemy to paraphrase again the famous sentence form the
John Kennedy's Inaugural Address
(Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your

Ask not the other scientific disciplines can do for information science -
ask what information science can do for other scientific disciplines.

Perdo suggested (Mon, 13 May 2002 14:57:33):

"... perhaps we should emphasize as a goal, convergent research by fisers
on EMPIRICAL grounds [upon three
paradigmatic info existentialities: CELLS, BRAINS, FIRMS...]" [my
brackets: PE]

I would like to suggest to suspend the discussion about the definition of
the concept of information, and
focus our common efforts to more application-oriented direction.

(A technical remark: Pedro's paper 'INFORMATION AND THE LIVING CELL:
Suggestions on a New Approach to Informational Phenomena' could not be
found today!!)

Maybe we could open three topics to be discussed:

1. Werner Ebeling states in his eights statement:

Information can be created by selforganization

Question 1: How this statment appears in the cellular, whole brain, and
firm level ?

2. Juan Roederer mentions:

This brings up a new element in information-processing, namely that of

Questions 2: How natural and artificial decision making systems process
and create information?

3. Ted Goranson's
work is in modeling the behavior of complex business enterprises,
primarily those that make stuff.

Q3. Can we accumulate arguments that to manage and control complex
business enterprises, a new
Information Science is neccessary??

Technically, try first not to connect the three topics, and use Q1, Q2
and Q3 in the Subject of your comment.

Best regards to all of you

Peter Erdi

Peter Erdi
Henry R. Luce Professor on Complex System Studies
OU 208B
Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo. MI 49006
Tel: (616)337-5720

Dept Biophysics
KFKI Research Institute for
Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H-1525 Budapest, P.O. Box 49
Tel: (36-1)395-2742
Received on Tue Jun 4 02:55:55 2002

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