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Studentships to study the nature of information at The Open University
The department where I work at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, is offering two full-time PhD studentships.  The details are here: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/phd-studentship-10211   Note the deadline of 10th March Applications...

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Is the information of physics 'about' anything?
The New Scientist has been talking about reality again, and concludes: "But to Susskind [ Leonard Susskind of Stanford University] at least, the idea that reality might be rooted in 0s and 1s is poetically beautiful. Perhaps, he says, we will one day be abl...

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DTMD 2017: Information, Narrative and Rhetoric: Exploring Meaning in a Digitalised Society
The DTMD Research Group has launched the Call for Papers . It always irritates me when people say 'we are excited about...' and then go in to talk about some tedious, mundane or even negative development, but this is different: I really am excited about DTM...

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Information is provisional - sinking of the Titanic
For an example of the provisionality * of information I've previously used the case of Lance Armstrong being stripped of his Tour de France wins. *In, for example, the talk at DTMD 2013 (see 'Information is Provisional' in the Abstracts Booklet - it looks l...

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Information cannot be stored or communicated
Or rather, it is not information but data that is stored and communicated*. Data are differences that have been given meaning (remember that data needs information ). Information is the trapezium at the end of the communication in which the meaning is extra...

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Information cannot be stored or communicated
Or rather, it is not information but data that is stored and communicated*. Data are differences that have been given meaning (remember that data needs information ). Information is the trapezium at the end of the communication in which the meaning is extra...

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Post-truth politics; information and narrative
Post-truth has been named as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. In terms of the narrative-information model that I have been presenting in this blog, post-truth politics is when politicians who are presenting a particular narrative move beyond bei...

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Facts and historians. E. H. Carr's 'What is history?'
Prompted by "Those with a little postmodern learning often opine that history can never be objective; it always tells a story" in an earlier post , I did a bit of searching for history and postmodernism, but actually I've come back to a book that I read man...

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The nature of 'narrative' in international development.
Some interesting material on narrative on the website of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).  Eg, Simply telling a good story by Liz Carlile, director of communications at IIED and What’s in a narrative? by Mike Shanahan. A c...
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