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What Is Information and Where Does It Come From/?
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What Is Information and Where Does It Come From/?

Join ASA Boston on the evening of Friday, June 29 from 7:30 PM at MIT's Thirsty Ear Pub to hear Randy Isaac's talk: "What Is Information and Where Does It Come From?" The talk will be followed by a social hour with snacks and a cash bar. Please register for free (donations to help defray costs are thankfully accepted at the event).

When: 6/29/2012
7:30 PM
Where: MIT Thirsty Ear Pub
235 Albany St
Cambridge, Massachusetts  02139
United States
Contact: Emily Ruppel

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"What is Information and Where Does It Come From?”
Does scientific analysis of the generation of information in the development of life from non-life lead to an inference of a role for an intelligent designer?
The term "information” is used in many different ways in fields ranging from thermodynamics to communications to mathematics to computers and now to biology. How can we scientifically define "information” and what are the ways in which information is generated as seen in these various fields? A popular argument now circulating is that the generation of information in the transition from a non-living system to a living system is an indicator of the action of an intelligent designer. What is the basis of this argument and how convincing is it?
This talk is a preview of a presentation to be given at the annual meeting of the ASA in San Diego this summer.
Background reading:
Theme issue on Information, Intelligence, and Origins: Perspectives on Science and Faith, December 2011
Gleick, James. The Information: A History A Theory A Flood. New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.
Information and the Nature of Reality, ed. Paul Davies and Niels Henrik Gregersen (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010)


Randy Isaac was vice president of science and technology at the IBM
Thomas J. Watson Research Center prior to retiring in 2005 and taking his
current position as executive director of the ASA