Metastasis And Metastability

A Deleuzian Approach to Information

  • Kane X. Faucher

Part of the Educational Futures book series (EDUFUT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kane X. Faucher
    Pages 1-36
  3. Kane X. Faucher
    Pages 37-53
  4. Kane X. Faucher
    Pages 55-91
  5. Kane X. Faucher
    Pages 93-125
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    Pages 127-177
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  8. Kane X. Faucher
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 237-323

About this book

Introduction

The word “information” carries a number of connotations depending on context, and can be said to be one of the most problematic words to define despite many efforts by statistical theorists, mathematicians, physicists, cyberneticians, communication theorists, computer scientists, and philosophers. Is information physical or non-physical? Is the universe digital, analog, or a “chaosmic” mixture of the two? This book explores a Deleuzian way of understanding information by retracing Deleuze’s ontology of difference back to Gilbert Simondon’s concepts of transduction, metastability, and perpetual individuation as a source for Deleuze’s concept of the virtual. Although Deleuze did not address information specifically in his oeuvre, this book attempts to construct what a Deleuzian theory of information might look like as a consequence of his philosophical insights. The reader is presented with a brief survey of information theories, capsule explanations of the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and Gilles Deleuze, and a discussion on the roles of metastasis and metastability as a means of addressing the problematic known as information outside of computing regimes, and as a critique of cybernetics, informatics, and memetics. Can information be reconfigured as affirmative difference, transformed into a “nomad science,” or must it remain consigned to the realm of probabilism?

Keywords

difference metaphysics metastability theory information

Authors and affiliations

  • Kane X. Faucher
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Western OntarioCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-428-4
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers 2013
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-428-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9864
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9872
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