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Re: The Philosophy of Bookbinding


Everything *does* contain information.  People interpret *all* sensory
input, either consciously or unconsciously, we just can't help it, it's how
our brains work.  Perhaps an artist is a sort of controller of sensory
input... er, am I making sense?  So the definition of information is a
subjective thing, I suppose, and what we are arguing about now is the
question "what is information?"


> -----Original Message-----
> From: wes white [SMTP:octopuspowder@xxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 29 September 1998 10:03
> To:   BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:      Re: The Philosophy of Bookbinding
> >Even blank books contain information.  They tell us something about why
> they are blank (did the author have nothing to say?  Is this an
> invitation to record your own thoughts?, Is the superb binding
> sufficient to make it an appreciated book?  Is there something glorious
> about the blank paper itself?)
> >The fact that it exists suggests information.  How was it created, and
> why?
> But to say this is to say that EVERYTHING (in capital letters, am I
> getting the hang of this?) contains information: which is a fair view to
> take, but it makes the clause "which contains information" redundant in
> our definition.
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