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Information in Science and Buddhist Philosophy: Towards a Non-Materialistic Worldview

Version 1 : Received: 21 November 2018 / Approved: 4 December 2018 / Online: 4 December 2018 (03:13:08 CET)

How to cite: Gershenson, C. Information in Science and Buddhist Philosophy: Towards a Non-Materialistic Worldview. Preprints 2018, 2018120042 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201812.0042.v1). Gershenson, C. Information in Science and Buddhist Philosophy: Towards a Non-Materialistic Worldview. Preprints 2018, 2018120042 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201812.0042.v1).

Abstract

Information theory has been developed for seventy years with technological applications that have transformed our societies. The increasing ability to store, transmit, and process information is having a revolutionary impact in most disciplines. The goal of this work is to compare the formal approach to information with Buddhist philosophy. Considering both approaches as compatible and complementary, I argue that information theory can improve our understanding of Buddhist philosophy and vice versa. The resulting synthesis leads to a worldview based on information that overcomes limitations of the currently dominating physics-based worldview.

Subject Areas

information theory; epistemology; Buddhism; worldviews; causality

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