Sunday, September 04, 2005

Katrina

It’s a little early...

for what i want to say – because to understand what i’m talking about, you should know what information is. And i couldn’t tell you until now the true nature of information.

Just hints:
Because we forgot that each and every state – in reality – has to be entered.
A set creates order in a random world. That’s the magic.
So don’t focus on the webs. Focus on the spider.

Problem is, that Katrina didn’t ask me.

But demonstrates it in a horrible way: Explosions Fill New Orleans Sky With Smoke

Katrina demonstrates that nothing is isolated. All is intertwined – like a gigantic web. Remember? “Information is like a spider?” Some of the nodes can be deleted without problem, but some carry most of the load. Remove one them and you’ll destroy the whole.

Ever heard from “scale-free networks”?

Katrina shows you what that means. That means, that Biloxi will not hurt the mighty America, but one of the countrys most important harbors can do. And it shows you how many connections spread from New Orleans across the whole continent. Think of the harbor of New York or the Mississipi – all the ships from the river-head to the delta delivering goods from and to New Orleans – where should they deliver now?

That’s information.

Process, not state – repeatable process, identifiable process. Remember the set? The uniqueness of the members? Each ship can be easily identified by its thousands of attributes. And repeatable? The courses of the ships on the Mississipi are not really difficult to understand: from North to South, from South to North day after day, month after month.

Until now.

Because information is only repeatability, not eternity. It is only true for the past, never for the future. One simple event can change everything. What was reliable before, is now gone with the wind.

Information is process, not state. All you can learn from it is hypothesis, assumption, so all you’ve ever learnt you have to check each and every time you use this knowledge. Check, if it is right until now – or if something like Katrina did change everything.

Why and when you use knowledge? To make decisions.

Information only tells you, how the future may look like if nothing will change, because it tells you how the past has looked like.

Never mistake the image of the future for the future itself! Only the past can be described by the wonderful stability humankind loves so much, only the past does never change, only the past is stable enough to be mapped in mathematics – but never the future.

Information is repeatable, identifiable – is process, not eternal state. It heralds you the future as it might be, but...

it promises you nothing.

As nobody promised you that Katrina will spare a huge city just because all the hurricanes before did do that.

4 Comments:

Anonymous brenda said...

Information only tells you, how the future may look like if nothing will change, because it tells you how the past has looked like.

Simply astute! I love reading this, even if I only intuit it.

9:16 PM, September 05, 2005  
Blogger Again said...

brenda:
even if I only intuit it.

"only" intuit is not the right word, because that is really great - our brains are developed to intuit information, so you should not say "only", especially when you think, how many people are (due to education and/or lazyness) no longer able to intuit information

I love reading this

thank you so much - because you know, i love mathematics, physics and information so deeply, i want to share that

6:01 AM, September 06, 2005  
Anonymous B said...

Information only tells you, how the future may look like if nothing will change, because it tells you how the past has looked like.

Never mistake the image of the future for the future itself! Only the past can be described by the wonderful stability humankind loves so much, only the past does never change, only the past is stable enough to be mapped in mathematics – but never the future.

1:34 AM, September 10, 2005  
Anonymous B said...

Opps, sent too soon.

I was going to say that I keep rereading this and that one part in particular was so right.

When are you going to write a book? Wisdom like yours is a rarity.

1:35 AM, September 10, 2005  

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