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Is reality information?

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Wouldn’t that make information reality?

From Rachel Thomas’ evaluation of the work of physicist John Archibald Wheeler at PlusMaths:

Wheeler categorised his long and productive life in physics into three periods: “Everything is Particles”, “Everything is Fields”, and “Everything is Information”. (You can read more about his life and work in his autobiography, Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam.) The driving idea behind the third period was spurred by his contemplation of the age-old question: “How come existence?” And his answer, first published in a brilliantly written (and very entertaining) paper in 1989, was it from bit:

“It from bit symbolises the idea that every item of the physical world has at bottom — at a very deep bottom, in most instances — an immaterial source and explanation; that what we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes-no questions and the registering of equipment-evoked responses; in short, that all things physical are information-theoretic in origin and this is a participatory universe.” More.

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One Reply to “Is reality information?

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    ppolish says:

    “Everything is Particles”, “Everything is Fields”, and “Everything is Information”.

    But which came first? What created? Who is Alpha? Information of course. Word.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

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