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

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Carlos Gershenson

Subject: Arts & Humanities, Philosophy

Keywords: information theory; epistemology; Buddhism; worldviews; causality

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.

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