Philosophy: What is Information?


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The beginning:
Philosophy: What is Information?
How is it distinguished from other kinds of knowing?
The following paper seeks to address various questions: what is information? And how is it distinguished from other kinds of knowing? In particular, the paper concentrates on the difference between information and knowledge found in
O’Hara’s “Plato and the internet.” If we look at things carefully, we find that information is distinguished from true knowing by virtue of the fact that information is really the raw building material from which knowledge is formulated; knowledge, as will be impressed upon us later in this paper, is simply having a belief that is built upon logic and insight and close observation. In short, knowledge really appears to...
The end:
..... be justified on the basis of evidence and logic, while information is the raw material from which knowledge, hopefully, springs.
To close, we may state that knowledge is the highest echelon of knowing and that information is the lowest echelon of knowing; it may be argued that it is not really knowing at all since it is merely a melange of data we have to process on our own using our own resources. In any case, what a philosophical education is supposed to give us is an understanding that information and knowledge are not the same thing but are definitely two things that need one another and that can, if one is a thoughtful sceptic, have a symbiotic relationship.
Works Cited
O’Hara, K. (2002). Plato and the internet. Cambridge: Icon Books.