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Is there a tangible thing called ‘information’?

Hi,

I’m no scientist but I’m very interested in big questions. The one that I’m currently pondering is the origin of life. From what I’ve read already scientists seem to hide behind a rather vague and non-descript reference to the role of information. But what is information? In the way scientists refer to it, it is not simply something that can be interpreted by our brains. Is there a tangible thing called information? And if so what is it? And does it have mass? (the last question I need to know for a science fiction novel I’m writing).

Thanks,
Rob

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  1. I feel this falls more inside the realm of philosophy than science. I’ve also pondered about the nature of information and knowledge. I feel like you’re asking (correct me if I’m wrong) if knowledge exists “out there,” ie. outside of our perception. Which reminds me of the subjective idealism of Berkeley (the philosopher), perhaps you should look him up.

    For example, I’ve asked myself the question: “If no conscious being knows, for example, exactly how many stars there are in the universe, then is there an exact number? Does that number exist “out there” somewhere, even if no one knows it?” My logic tells me that yes, information must exist independent of us knowing them. But how, and to what degree that information “exists” somewhere “out there” is beyond me.

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