Special Issue "Selected Papers from FIS 2013 Moscow"

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A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Konstantin Kolin

Institute of Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia,
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Pedro C. Marijuán

Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group, Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud, Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Aragón (CIBA), Avda. San Juan Bosco, 13, planta X, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Interests: multidisciplinary research; systems biology; biology & information; scientomics; sensory-motor approach; laughter research; social information; information science; information philosophy
Guest Editor
Dr. Joseph E. Brenner

1 Associate Director, International Center for the Philosophy of Information, Xi'An Jiaotong University, Xi'An, China
2 c/o Chemin du College 1, CH-1865 Les Diablerets, Switzerland
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Interests: logic; the philosophy of science; philosophy of information
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hofkirchner

Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology, Faculty of Informatics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
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Interests: complexity thinking (praxio-onto-epistemology, evolutionary systems theory, critical social systems theory); science of information (unified theory of inforamtion); ICTs and society (critical information society theory, critical design theory)

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Research

Open AccessArticle “Information”—from an Evolutionary Point of View
Information 2014, 5(2), 272-284; doi:10.3390/info5020272
Received: 9 January 2014 / Revised: 21 March 2014 / Accepted: 16 April 2014 / Published: 6 May 2014
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“Information” (=information including its processing, communication, etc.) is indispensable for the modern understanding of processes within cells, tissues, organs, the organism, but also between individuals and social structures. Is “information” the mathematically applicable substitute for the omnipotent and in all living entities
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“Information” (=information including its processing, communication, etc.) is indispensable for the modern understanding of processes within cells, tissues, organs, the organism, but also between individuals and social structures. Is “information” the mathematically applicable substitute for the omnipotent and in all living entities identical Vis Vitalis, applicable also to machines? Vis Vitalis was falsified by evolutionary theory. Its explanatory power was not “saved” with an alternative hypothesis. So the causal explanation of what could be handled previously with Vis Vitalis remains a “grey area” in the landscape of sciences. “Information” seems to fill the gap between, e.g., body and mind. Therefore, an analysis of “information” from an evolutionary view can be helpful even for information sciences: there are gaps which cannot be bridged sufficiently, especially between the different evolutionary levels up to the “hierarchical structure” of a person as a social being. An analysis is presented: the meaning and the indispensable carriers of “information” have changed within the evolutionary processes. Options and restrictions for an evolution-oriented use of “information” are discussed and applied. Doing this it seems possible not only to bridge the gap between the layers within the biological, emotional, cognitive and intellectual hierarchical levels within a person, but between persons and machines too. Full article
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Open AccessArticle New Times and New Challenges for Information Science: From Cellular Systems to Human Societies
Information 2014, 5(1), 101-119; doi:10.3390/info5010101
Received: 11 December 2013 / Revised: 24 January 2014 / Accepted: 26 January 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014
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The extraordinary scientific-technical, economic, and social transformations related to the widespread use of computers and to the whole information and communication technologies have not been accompanied by the development of a scientific “informational” perspective helping make a coherent sense of the spectacular changes
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The extraordinary scientific-technical, economic, and social transformations related to the widespread use of computers and to the whole information and communication technologies have not been accompanied by the development of a scientific “informational” perspective helping make a coherent sense of the spectacular changes occurring. Like in other industrial revolutions of the past, technical praxis antedates the emergence of theoretical disciplines. Apart from the difficulties in handling new empirical domains and in framing new ways of thinking, the case of information science implies the difficult re-evaluation of important bodies of knowledge already well accommodated in specific disciplines. Herein, we will discuss how a new understanding of the “natural information flows” as they prototypically occur in living beings—even in the simplest cells—could provide a sound basis for reappraising fundamental problems of the new science. The role of a renewed information science, multidisciplinarily conceived and empirically grounded, widely transcends the limited “library” and knowledge-repositories mission into which classical information science was cajoled during past decades. Paraphrasing the Spanish philosopher J. Ortega y Gasset, the overhaul of information science itself becomes “the challenge of our time”. Full article
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