In the beginning there was perfect solution
Ten thousand things, symbols
Relaxed and reproduced
At an apparently astonishing rate, awesome
Artery after artery, vein after vein
Carried the idea into the flesh
But the blueprint soul
Potential that could not let itself think
In and of itself
Let its other think at will
Relatively, passionately; expressively
Family of life
Eye of newt and toe of frog
All together now
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A concise summary of a vast subject. James Gleick’s coverage of symbolism is an apt, strong theme throughout. The summary of the scientific viewpoint also covers well the current confusion about the fundamentality of Information, the bit, the byte, 4 dimensionsal digital reality, on or off? – the biter bit!
Finally, Wikipedia gets due coverage for being perhaps the greatest real social democratic project on the planet, warts and all mirror of the human condition:
Stars the bit players
Cast a universe in mind
Art thou creator?
We inhabit a matrix of digital information
We make of it what we will
Consciousness just another production
Of the director over the hill
Just in the mind?
It is just, it is justice, no shame
What a magnificent thing to find
A universe inside us
No one else to blame.