• Informing and Civilization (Targowski)

Informing and Civilization

Andrew J. Targowski

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Informing Science Press (December 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1681100061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1681100067
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Price on Amazon $79.99

The aim of this book is to synthesize the role of information throughout the history of civi-lization’s development. This will be defined through the convergence of (a) the cumulative evolution and revolution of the intellect (cognition as data, information, concepts, knowledge, and wisdom), (b) labor, and (c) politics which seek to control the environment, society, and the world, applying culture and infrastructure as tools. Whereas researchers reveal the myriad of dimensions of the social order and its historiography, this book pro-vides a synthesis of the relations, which is limited to information (and its informing sys-tems) and civilization within the context of historiosophie (history with judgment). The method presented in this book—the architectural approach to the dynamics of civiliza-tional development—is a new layer over the quantitative history based on statistical data. In an architectural synthesis of civilization, we seek a “big picture” of “civilization waves” in order to develop some criteria-oriented views of the world and its future predictability. To understand the crises and conflicts of civilization which are driven by technology in recent centuries, such a synthesis as well as optimism for human proactive adaptation, survival, and, development must be undertaken. This approach to civilizational development should allow humans to eventually “reinvent the future” in a continuous manner. We, in due course, should be able to predict the “rate of change” and provide “civilization bridging solutions” based on original thinking. It is important to remind ourselves that information is as old as our world (about 15 billion years) because plants and trees and, in general, non-human nature produces all sorts of in-formation, for example, the changing colors of plants and trees, which is associated with the different seasons. When the first living organisms appeared on our planet, they had ability to inform as well by changing forms, colors, signals and, so one. The first signs of life on our planet came into being about 3.85 billion years ago. Therefore, organism-based life on the Earth actually came to be over a period of just 130 million years. Hominids di-verged from apes some 10-6 million years ago (instinct-driven info-communication, i.e., be-havior less controlled by cognition), and the first humans (bipeds with large brains who could use tools and sound-driven info-communication) took form around 6-2.5 million years ago in Southeast Africa. Homo symbolicus, who could skillfully use language, appeared about 60,000 years ago. The origin of civilization some 6,000 years ago marks the beginning of the first advanced info-communication systems applied by humans, who could even record information.

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