Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium

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University of Chicago Press, 2007 M12 1 - 282 páginas
Holding On to Reality is a brilliant history of information, from its inception in the natural world to its role in the transformation of culture to the current Internet mania and is attendant assets and liabilities. Drawing on the history of ideas, the details of information technology, and the boundaries of the human condition, Borgmann illuminates the relationship between things and signs, between reality and information.

"[Borgmann] has offered a stunningly clear definition of information in Holding On to Reality. . . . He leaves room for little argument, unless one wants to pose the now vogue objection: I guess it depends on what you mean by nothing."—Paul Bennett, Wired

"A superb anecdotal analysis of information for a hype-addled age."—New Scientist

"This insightful and poetic reflection on the changing nature of information is a wonderful antidote to much of the current hype about the 'information revolution.' Borgmann reminds us that whatever the reality of our time, we need 'a balance of signs and things' in our lives."—Margaret Wertheim, LA Weekly

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Borgmann presents an historical overview of information, how it has been transformed through time by the introduction of new technology, and especially digital technology. Borgmann shows what this ... Leer comentario completo

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I set the thing down for months, and then picked it back up again. Its not especially interesting, but it has its moments. It took me 180 pages to truly appreciate the main theme of the book, that ... Leer comentario completo

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Part One Natural Information Information about Reality
7
Part Two Cultural Information Information for Reality
55
Part Three Technological Information Information as Reality
123
Conclusion Information and Reality
213
Notes
235
Index
265
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Albert Borgmann is the Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana. His books include Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life and Crossing the Postmodern Divide, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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