Information, Knowledge, Evolution and Self
A Question of Origins
About the Book
To understand this subject in relation to the overarching narrative of evolution, one must first understand a simple scientific fact, one that is generally hidden by imprecise language: Material storage devices, irrespective of whether they be synthetic or organic, do NOT and CANNOT store information. The same is to be said for communications of any form, through any media. I realise that this may be difficult to accept, so let me explain. Firstly, the word “information” is the noun equivalent of the verb “to inform”, and thus if a communication does not inform you, it is not information to you. It may be information to somebody else, but that is irrelevant in the context of an individual’s cognitive processing and knowledge. In the context of evolution, we must always consider the individual organism, for that is where the mechanisms of evolution are said to occur before impacting a wider group. This is not a science book in the accepted sense, for I am not a scientist. The target readership is people like myself, well educated in a number of fields, enthusiastic amateurs if you like, but willing and able to see through the fog of technical language and unsupported assertions to discern the truth for themselves. Of course, I would welcome readership amongst the scientific community, but such people should understand that some of the rigorous norms of scientific publications are absent from this work.
About the Author
Wayne Talbot has had a lifelong passion for a travel and a modest appetite for adventure. In addition to exploring his native Australia, he has trekked in the Khumbu and Annapurna regions of Nepal, the Peruvian Andes, Patagonia, and has experienced the beauty of Antarctica. He has motorcycled throughout Australia, and through parts of the USA, New Zealand, Iceland, Bolivia, Peru, Turkey, and northern India, with plans for south eastern Europe in 2016. Though a late starter in the literary field, he has written eleven books on matters theological, published on Amazon Kindle under the series, From the Back Pew. Further details can be found on his website, www.peshatbooks.com Amongst a variety of interests, he has also pursued the truth of evolution, objectively and without seeking refuge in any arguments from theological sources. Either the science holds up, or it does not: what the alternatives may be are irrelevant to the analysis. His first book on this subject, The Dawkins Deficiency, was a refutation of Richard Dawkins’ The Greatest Show on Earth. In this work, he sought to demonstrate that much of Dawkins’ case was based on a materialistic philosophy rather than scientific fact, commenting: If evolution theory has been proven, then we should reasonably ask, what specifically has been proven, and what is the evidence? His latest study, Information, Knowledge, Evolution and Self, utilises his extensive experience in the information industry, primarily as an analyst in a number of roles. He approaches the subject of evolution from the perspective of the human cognitive ability to acquire information and knowledge, these being conceptual as opposite to the physical nature of information in the genome.