Welcome to the official website of INFODYNAMICS theory.

We are currently working to organize, consolidate, and integrate various perspectives as
well as research and philosophical content oriented towards Infodynamic theories. This is apeer-reviewed website.

Infodynamics is an interdisciplinary term defined and coined by scientists including
Dr. Stanley Salthe and Dr. Ray Mansuri.

Think about this: given that the future is going to be heavily information oriented, infodynamics
may become the major field of study. Everything from the laws of physics, the internet, computer viruses,
real organic viruses, DNA, to human cognition and systemic interactions, books, CDs, even furniture...
are all informational entities! Their structure and physical properties are able to convey the object's
informational composition.

The Latin root of the word information stems from the noun informatio which in-turn
was derived from the verb informare which means to “to form the mind.” It also has
roots in Greek stemming from the word form or morphe as well as the Greek word
eidos (idea, kind, set, shape) of which Plato oftentimes used to denote the ideal
identity or essence of something.

More about Infodynamics as a term and concept:

In science, infodynamics, a portmanteau of information theory (or information) + thermodynamics, which refers to, as summarized by Peter Corning, efforts to incorporate information theory into the thermodynamics paradigm (Corning, 2005).

The term “infodynamics” is a coining that originated in the 1993 work of American zoologist Stanley Salthe. [8] Salthe, to notes, seems to employ a large number of information/thermodynamics blended terms in his writings. [4] In his 2001 symposium article “What is Infodynamics?”, Salthe states: [2]

“My definition of infodynamics (meaning ‘information dynamics’) is the study of the accumulation of information constraints, as degrees of freedom, during the development of dissipative structures.”

 

In 2003, Salthe defined infodynamics as such:

“Infodynamics is a developmental perspective that animates information theory by way of thermodynamics. The isomorphism between Boltzmann's statistical interpretation of physical entropy as disorder and Shannon's formulation of variety as informational entropy signals a deep connection between information and entropy production.”

More Publications by Dr. Stanley Salthe

Further reading and history:

1. Corning, Peter A. (2005). Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution (infodynamics, pgs. 450, 466). University of Chicago Press.

2. Salthe, Stanley N. (2001). “What is Infodynamics?”, in: Understanding Complexity: a Commemorative Volume of the World Congress of the Systems Sciences and Isss 2000, Toronto, Canada (editors: Gillian Ragsdell and Jennifer Wilby) (pgs. 31-). Springer.

3. Thims, Libb. (2012). “Thermodynamics ? Information Theory: Science’s Greatest Sokal Affair” (url), Journal of Human Thermodynamics, 8(1): 1-120, Dec 19.

4. Stanley N. Salthe (faculty) – Niels Bohr Institute.

5. Salthe, Stanley N. (2001). “The Mutual Implication of Physical and Informational Entropies”, Niels Bohr Institute, Feb.

6. Salthe, Stanley. (c.2002). “The Natural Philosophy of Entropy”, Binghamton University, New York.

7. Salthe, Stanley N. (2003). “Infodynamics, a Developmental Framework for Ecology/Economics” (pdf), Conservation Ecology, 7(3):3.

8. (a) Salthe, Stanley N. (1993). Development and evolution: complexity and change in biology. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

(b) Salthe, Stanley N. (2003). “Infodynamics, a Developmental Framework for Ecology/Economics” (pdf), Conservation Ecology, 7(3):3.

9. Mansuri, Ray R. (2012). Infodynamic Psychology. Psy Publications.

 

The book "Infodynamic Psychology" by Dr. Ray Mansuri delves into various behaviors, types, tendencies, and influences of information and informational systems. It also covers cybernetics, memetics, deep psychology, sociology, and evolution from an infodynamic perspective.

Dr. Ray Mansuri, Ph.D., has defined infodynamics in its most simplistic terms;

"Infodynamics is simply the formal study of information and informational systems."

Dr. Mansuri's description of infodynamics:

"as any change, movement, or exchange of information or informational systems (the behaviors and properties of information and informational systems)." It aims to describe the attributes and tendencies of information and informational systems. Infodynamics serves as a platform for the study of how information behaves. Corning and Salthe were of the first pioneers of infodynamics, their stance is very relevant and conducive/congruent to Mansuri's definition. Infodynamics also serves as the basis for infodynamic psychological theory. Infodynamics is also used to describe the formal study of information and informational systems."

Infodynamics has two assertions: The first being that information is anything that stands out from a background or the state of equilibrium. The second assertion is that information is more than a manmade abstraction, yet, much like the force of time, it is a force of nature.

 

The symbol for "Information"

Infodynamic Postulates (by Ray Mansuri, Ph.D.):

1) Information is a causal force

2) Information behaves in contrast to cosmological principle of entropy (the arrow of time), that is, things/informational entities are of higher order/organization with regards to information and informational systems

3) Too little information may contribute to an increase in entropy

4) Too much information may also contribute to an increase in entropy via an information paradox where information become to tedious/difficult to sequester, organize, and register/recognize

5) There are four types of information (referring to the cosmological principle of entropy) (by Ray Mansuri, Ph.D.)

a) Correct information that contributes to an increase in entropy. (For example: take a truthful rumor that is spread about someone and how it may contribute to the disorganization of their life. Or think about a cytogenic toxin that works like how it is supposed to, yet results in cellular apoptosis).

b) Incorrect information that contributes to an increase in entropy. (For example: that a false rumor that leaves the subject's life in shambles. Or think about a strand of DNA that has mutated to yield a less or ineffective protein product, causing cellular apoptosis or cancerous growth).

c) Correct information that contributes to a decrease in entropy. (For example: imagine how a psychologist models proper cognition, affective reactions, and social behavior, this correct information contributes to the organization of the subject's life. Or imagine a strand of DNA that replicates like how it is supposed to.

d) Incorrect information that contributes to a decrease in entropy. (For example: imagine telling a little white lie that makes someone feel better about themselves. Or take a mutant strand of DNA that yields an evolutionary/adaptive advantage.

6) Matter serves as a storage device for information, hence, information acts like a substrate to matter. Think about a vase made of clay. It has captured the structural energy input as its shape and retains this shape, storing such information. The vase remains a vase, unless acted upon by another force.

7) Energy serves to carry information (propagation through spacetime). Imagine how light carries information regarding the color of an object (the chemical's valence electron configuration) that it has bounced/reflected off of.

 

Infodynamic Assumptions: (by Ray Mansuri, Ph.D.)

1) the universe is made of information

2) the smallest bit of reality (the most fundamental particle/wave) is information

3) the human mind is an exceptional informational system

 

The Laws of Infodynamics:

1) The laws of physics are informational (by Ray Mansuri, Ph.D.)

2) Systemic properties arise from informational interactions amongst the system's units (by Ray Mansuri, Ph.D.)

3) For every bit of information lost, there is a unit of heat gained (Aunger, 2002)

3-revised) For every bit of information lost/changed/transformed, there is a unit of heat gained (by Ray Mansuri, Ph.D.)

Infodynamic Hypertheories:

1) Abstract information may exist as a self-contained matrix and may perform functions on other types of information


 
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