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Maturana H. R. (1983) Comment by Humberto R. Maturana [on the misuse of Information]. Journal of Social and Biological Structures 6(2): 155–159. Fulltext at
Excerpt: The author of this article adequately criticizes the use of the notion of information by biologists in general, and by sociobiologists in particular. He, however, does not go far enough; and this, presumably, because, judging by two questions that he asks, he thinks that there is some fundamental significance in the notion of information that is still hidden. His questions are … how the discernible events described by the strict sense of information (restriction imposed upon a set of possibilities) interact with those described by the meaning (metaphorical) sense of information?’; and … there remains more fundamental problems, one of which is to understand how the two senses of information interact and, in fact, become one another?’.
Maturana’s response to: Fedanzo A. J. Short articles on unsolved problems: All things are full of gods – Or information. Journal of Social and Biological Structures 6(2): 135–138. Often cited as “On the misuse of the notion of information in biology,” even though this title appears nowhere in the original publication.

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