Monday, June 28, 2010
Whitehead’s Prehensions and Onticology � Larval Subjects .: "Second-order cybernetic theories of information are, by contrast, much more Whiteheadian. Here information is not something transmitted between systems, but rather is strictly internal to a particular system. Bateson defines information as the difference that makes a difference. The question immediately arises, “for who or what?” Difference isn’t laying out there in wait, as it were, in the world. Luhmann follows up with the thesis that information is the difference that makes a difference by selecting a system-state (or in the language of OOO, a “substance-state”)."