Data Basic II

Is Information, Not Matter, the Foundation of Life?

Why does it matter if information rules? Because the higher descends to the lower, but the lower does not ascend to the higher, as old authors say.

Yes, it is an old principle, possibly with a new meaning today. Information tends to travel down. That is one of its characteristics.

But our culture has forgotten this.

Last time, we asked why information rules. We noted that, for one thing, it cannot be reduced to matter. But there is more to know. It can be transmitted immaterially across media as well. You cannot transmit a brick immaterially anywhere. But you can strip information of all matter and transmit it across material nature.

I could phone and tell...


is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger. She blogs at Blazing Cat Fur, Evolution News & Views, MercatorNet, Salvo, and Uncommon Descent.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #27, Winter 2013 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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