Not All That Is Real is Material

Information is the key.

When I was young, in the late 70s/early 80s, a common propaganda point going around our newspapers was that all the matter in our bodies added up to something like $15.73.

(Nowadays, it’s $160. “Inflation, you know.”)

But, when you ORGANIZE (add information, design, sequencing, etc) all the raw atoms into USEFUL material — DNA, RNA, organs, fluids, etc — then you get a value of $45 million. (In 2013 dollars.)

It’s not about mere atoms and ‘brute physical laws’ (which, incidentally, are also laden with information!) Its about purposedesigninformation.

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