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Bob Doyle. The Information Philosopher.

PostPosted: September 14th, 2018, 1:47 am
by hyksos
Bob Doyle is the Information Philosopher. He has likely read more works of philosophers and scientists than any other modern thinker, and has critically analyzed and written about the ideas of hundreds of them on these I-Phi web pages, as seen in the left navigation.

Bob earned a Ph.D in Astrophysics from Harvard in 1968 and is now an Associate in the Harvard Astronomy Department.


Doyle has written larger-than-book-length expository on his own website. The website is so large, it is nearly like a mini-wikipedia. Topical concentrations fall heavily on interpretations of quantum mechanics, and how those relate to Free Will. But topics are all over the map.

http://www.informationphilosopher.com/about/

Re: Bob Doyle. The Information Philosopher.

PostPosted: September 14th, 2018, 1:52 am
by hyksos
Below is a quote from a recent post Doyle made on his blog. A blog that is still actively maintained.
I quote Doyle, not because I agree with his stances, but because he is a good writer.

Most of the world’s religions have some concept of gods or a God, with some notable exceptions such as Buddhism.

Theologians claim to have discerned the essential attributes of a monotheistic God, such as omniscience (perfect foreknowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), omnibenevolence (perfect goodness), and a necessary and eternal existence.

Information philosophy offers a simple test of the “revealed truth” of these attributes, specifically the visions by inspired thinkers that have no empirical evidence. Although these visions are in the realm of “pure ideas,” we can say that if every world religion agreed completely on the attributes of God, it would increase their believability. As it is, the comparative study of religions with the incredible diversity of their claims, renders the idea of God as implausible as Santa Claus.

At the present time, arguments like these will carry little weight with the believers in a religion, most of whom have little exchange of knowledge with those of other faiths. This can be expected to change with the reach of the Internet via smartphones to most of the world’s population by 2020.

In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. In deism, God is the creator, but not the sustainer of the universe, which is now assumed to be running itself following deterministic laws of motion. Open theism den
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Re: Bob Doyle. The Information Philosopher.

PostPosted: September 14th, 2018, 1:47 pm
by wolfhnd
After a short visit to the link I have the same comment I always have. Error is probably a prerequisite for existence.

Re: Bob Doyle. The Information Philosopher.

PostPosted: September 18th, 2018, 4:33 pm
by dandelion
Thanks, a great resource on fascinating topics I like, even if the core notions are not be ones I like so much.

Re: Bob Doyle. The Information Philosopher.

PostPosted: September 19th, 2018, 12:15 am
by BadgerJelly
And not a single mention of Husserl? Strange.

Re: Bob Doyle. The Information Philosopher.

PostPosted: September 19th, 2018, 11:39 am
by dandelion
To my view there are some obvious absences but didn't think of Husserl as one or being that involved with information theory?

Re: Bob Doyle. The Information Philosopher.

PostPosted: September 19th, 2018, 12:20 pm
by BadgerJelly
dandelion » September 19th, 2018, 11:39 pm wrote:To my view there are some obvious absences but didn't think of Husserl as one or being that involved with information theory?


He starts off with:

Information Philosophy (I-Phi) is a new philosophical method grounded in science, especially modern physics, biology, psychology, neuroscience, and the science of information.


I misread this a little :/