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Monday, August 01, 2005

Fat Holy Men and other Digital Ideas

A few days ago I put up a post called "An Important Truth", it contained one line:

Never Trust A Fat Holy Man

Now the interesting thing is that this statement has no intrinsic meaning.

(At this point you may be saying "but I understand it, so it must have meaning")

And therein lays the rub.

This statement is carefully crafted to pull the reader in one of two directions. Either you will fill in meaning from your own experience, or you will try to draw out information to discover what I meant by the statement.

When you look at the comments, most people chose to "fill in the blanks" from the content of their own experience. This means that the statement passed no real information to them.

Now it is very hard at first to look at communications in such a way that you are not projecting meaning. We are conditioned to project our own meanings on the communications we receive, which is why we have so much trouble getting along with each other.

And what is "Information"? It is the amount of "novelty" contained in a communication. Information is what you don't know. So if you fill up a communication by projecting the content of your own mind there is no information for you.

So how do you find out what I meant by the statement? You ask the right questions.


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