Jolanta KoszteynCorresponding author and Piotr LenartowiczCorresponding author

On the descriptive terminology of the information transfer between organisms

4 – 1999, pages 165-206
Date of online publication: 30 November 2020
Date of publication: 30 November 1999


Information transfer implies two independent beings (a sender and a receiver) and two distinct, although closely tied levels of reality (the level of a message and the level of its production). In other words the „information transfer" is a multi-layer reality. The investigation of the „causal" mechanisms presupposes a proper description of the phenomenal effects. It is the phenomenal sphere of the directly observable events which provokes - in our mind - the questions driving the effort to explore the „mechanisms". It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to approach the process of description with the sufficiently unbiased means. A premature narrowing on the descriptive level may fatally affect our „explanatory" ideas on the underlying mechanisms. For instance, in the realm of „information theories" there is a deeply rooted, but not too reliable conviction, that the descriptive means, used in the process of the construction and utilization of some technical devices, give us a fair
chance to describe the „Information transfer" within or between the living creatures.

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Koszteyn, Jolanta, Lenartowicz, Piotr. "On the descriptive terminology of the information transfer between organisms." Forum Philosophicum 4 (1999): 165–206. doi:10.35765/forphil.1999.0401.9.