The World as Information: Overload and Personal Design

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Intellect Books, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 155 pages
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The context of this book is the growing interest in information as a commodity, arising from increased Internet use, and the accompanying problems of information overload.Focusing on information as a phenomenon in its own right, rather than describing the technology for handling it, the book includes discussion on: the craving for information, Popper's 3 Worlds model of information, and analytical and synthetic approaches to information management such as knowledge bases and Project Xanadu. This book is extensively referenced.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Pain of Everything
21
Poppers Worlds
37
Diirrenmatt s Absent Lemur
51
The Universe Within
69
World 3
83
Towards the World Brain
105
Conclusion Some Implications for the Information
129
References
143
Robert Abbott
149
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