A Holistic Perspective on Information

How does information travel through entities? How is it formed?

Consciousness is associated to information. As humans we experience through our senses. That which is sensed is information in its raw state. While the information keeps on being sensed and processed, the new information is sensed in terms of previous information.

The flow of information may be understood in terms of physical-natural properties.

Information comes in clusters. It organizes and is organized. Culture is one way in which information is organized, it represents the information that is shared between specific entities. Paradigms are layers of information that have been formed historically from inflows of information.  Hence, they are precisely the basis for the reception of new information.

History has seen certain paradigmatical structures prevail. The reasons why they prevail shall be dealt with accordingly. These paradigmatical structures usually are related to a specific group of people in its relationship with their context and environment.  Structures, contexts and environments are now global and not necessarilly stable or static.   Some of these forms take the forms of religions and ideologies.  Religions and ideologies are sets of information. Information so powerful that incides directly in the apprehention of what will be sensed further on. Truth depended historically on the preestablished paradigmatical informational structure. Some say that with science this is no longer the case, even though it has been said before and new paradigms have consistently evolved into new ones regarding the needs of a specific population in a specific context.

Percieving information, processing information, expressing information consciously and unconsciously make up an information cycle.  Production and reproduction of meaning, social coexistence… the dialectics of being… all happens in the realm of information.  We can make sense of everything from the perspective of information, the forms it takes and its dynamics.  We can create and mutiply capital managing information from a holistic perspective.

Creating and reproducing information is a great part of our everyday lives.  Just like energy, information is transferred from entities to other entities.  This transference occurs in the material world and it is succeptible to be transformed by the entities involved in the process.  And just as energy, information may be at a time in a passive, non-transferational state, or it may be actively transferring from an entity to an other.  Similarities between entities may incede in the characteristics of the transferance of information.

As information perceiving and expressing agents we are endowed with specific capabilities.  These capabilities are a useful way of understanding cultural capital.  Access to good information and the capability of managing it effectively towards the achievement of biological and cultural goals is to a great extent the definition of cultural capital and how it is multiplied by individuals and groups through the generations.  Of course, we may venture to say there is such thing as good and bad information, specially in a society where it is evident that bad information results in bad consequences for individuals and groups, even for entire societies.  A holistic perspective must transcend relativism, many a time in the direction of pragmatism.  It is the responsibility and realm of other disciplines and other people to be constantly worried about the definitions and redefinitions of good and bad information and when and where they may apply.  We, as holistic researchers with a specific aim defined as quality of life managing must develop tools and solutions to specific problems.  Information is the basis for good decision making.  People want to make good decisions.  We are not as naive as to think that good decisions are pure and perennial pleasure.  We accept, realistically and pragmatically, that decision making, good decision making, is bound to have collateral effects and generate spasms of disconfort and pain to the individual and its surrounding environments.  At the same time, it is not our aim to become bio-software-like entities, computer-like deciders, as we value the positive effects of art, dissent, critique and disruptive behavior, especially that which comes in the form of good information.

Specific human systems such as enterprises and communities effectively and evidently benefit from good information.  And even if there are cases where not-so-good information may have not-so-negative effects on the community -apparently or actually- we have a pragmatic responsibility to make an effort to harness and deploy the specific information that is useful for the community and its individuals be it for the correct usage of resources or even to satisfy purely emotional needs as the fulfillment of educating future generations out of love and good will.  The main challenges remain, then: 1- to constantly and responsibly produce the best information possible to assist decision making premises and the contexts where they inhabit, 2- to be critical of information that may be linked to consistent disconfort in individuals and groups, 3- to train individuals and communities to invest on cultural management as to redefine premises and contexts when pragmatically suiting the individual and the community.

The ethics of quality of life is both flexible and reliable in the sense that it measures perception from a qualitative perspective and natural-observable variables from a quantitative perspective.  Enter the art of objective chartering, efficient monitoring and measurement and ethically and aesthetically robust problem solving, design and production from a holistic perspective.

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