How You Can Help Information PhilosophyInformation philosophy is the first new method of philosophizing since logical positivism and analytic language philosophy in the early twentieth century. It is a systematic philosophy, with methods applicable to all the fundamental questions about the nature of the universe and our place in it. I greatly appreciate the many emails I get asking me for answers to great philosophical and scientific questions and I try to reply with as brief and concise an answer as I can think of. But I don't expect to be around much longer (I'm now 81 years old) and my hope is to provide my best answers on web pages and in books that will survive me. I have now designed and built a webcasting studio that I can operate single-handedly to deliver lectures over the web to budding philosophers and scientists worldwide. I participated in the very first podcasts (audio added to blogs at Harvard University in 2003) and believe that video webcasting is the teaching tool of choice in the future, viewable today by more than half of the world population on inexpensive smartphones. I hope to have participating guests, both in person in my iTV-Studio and via Skype. If you would like to appear, send a description of your proposed contribution to me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become An Information PhilosopherYou do not have to join anything, just start thinking about information, its creation, and its importance in your biological and intellectual selves. I hope you will see information structures as a kind of divine providence, a literal sine qua non. If you like the way information supports the controversial ideas of an immaterial mind that can move the material body, an objective cosmic good (and its opposite entropy the source of evil), a model for human freedom and creativity, and in general a strong attack on the scientistic arguments for eliminative materialism and reductionism, I would be happy if you just start by calling yourself an information philosopher and telling others how we might now understand some problems that are currently "beyond logic and language."
Strengthen Your Beliefs With KnowledgeInformation philosophy is not an attack on any person's cultural beliefs. It is meant to provide our best understanding as to how the world works and how it came to be. It is left to an individual as to how the best current knowledge can be made consistent with one's beliefs. Information will make you free is the byword.
Add Incoming Links to I-Phi PagesThe I-Phi website offers resources on over 300 philosophers and scientists who have contributed to the great problems in philosophy, physics, biology, and psychology. It also has dozens of pages on the great problems, with hundreds of supporting pages. Web searches for these thinkers and problems often returns results on the first search page from Wikipedia, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, as well as Information Philosopher. My correspondents tell me that they frequently navigate the hyperlinks between these three main resources. That is terrific, but we could strengthen those I-Phi search results further by adding incoming links, from your own websites if you have them, or by adding links on Wikipedia. I do not myself add I-Phi links, following the Wikipedia policy against self-promotion. But you could add Wikipedia links to any of the thousands of pages on InformationPhilosopher.com and Metaphysicist.com. You could start by searching Wikipedia for any thinker's name or any great problem name. Wikipedia may already have a link added, for example, "William James on Information Philosopher" or "Mind-Body Problem on the Metaphysicist." If Wikipedia has no link, I suggest you read our page and verify that you think a Wikipedia link is worth adding. If not, send me your suggested improvements so we can get the I-Phi page to meet your standards as an information philosopher. If you are happy with our current I-Phi or Metaphysicist entry, press Edit in the External Links section at the bottom of the Wikipedia page and add a link to the specific I-Phi page. For example, http://informationphilosopher.com/problems/mind_body/, which you can always copy from the location bar in your browser. Thanks, Bob Normal | Teacher | Scholar