Below is an excerpt from a book entitled Blah(b). The premise is that our Reality is simply in a process of forming and evolving. This process is known as Information.
FORMATION | REAL
Before the truth embedded in the word information is revealed, something must be said about the other two words in our totem sentence, Real is information.
The word Real is merely a placeholder for the mental image used in our mind to conceive of everything in existence. The universe and all of the substance contained within it can be reduced to the Real. Thoughts, ideas, or any other ephemeral noumena are not precluded by the word substance. The branch of philosophy dedicated to understanding the metaphysical nature of existence is known as ontology. So ontologically speaking, Real is the one and only entity in our world. It will be argued that nothing exists outside of reality. This entity, known as Real or Reality is irreducible. Reality is just the nature of the Real. The two words mean exactly the same thing and will be used interchangeably.
The verb is, used extensively in the English language, bridges isolated thoughts in a sentence. Any subject represented by its corresponding word exists in a vacuum isolated as ideal. In the sentence Real is information, the word is provides Real with an escape from its word-created vacuum. In the singular instance of any word, the subject represented remains stagnant. IS presents itself to Reality as a catalyst. Through this potent verb, Real finds its outlet. Using IS in the present tense has significance by exposing Reality’s temporality. Since the present engenders all other temporal states with relevance, Reality exists only in the present. Real is.
This brings us to, perhaps, the most integral piece of this entire story. Information is a word widespread in our vernacular. Globally dispersed in various applications, its truth has been diluted. In fact, through repetition and redundancy information has not only become trite but applied ineffectively. Information technology, knowledge transfer, and information management systems are just a few concepts that unjustly relegate information to mere compartments. To mend our relationship with this abused word and return it to its proper stature we must take a detailed look at the word’s linguistic structure and how it operates.
Three elements comprise the word information. There is a root attached with a prefix and a suffix. Each plays a significant role in the emergent profundity created by their synthesis. "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" is exemplified in the word information.
Form is the root. In general, form can be thought of as any materialization of some abstract virtuality. In regards to our story, we can equate this virtuality with Reality. If Reality is virtual, then form is a materialized instance of Reality. Form shapes the blob into specificity. Recalling the previous discussion regarding isolated words, this specificity of form is stagnant in its isolation. These forms exist in our mind as object singularities. In Reality, however, forms do not exist as they do in our minds. It would not be a stretch to say that forms, as individuated objects, are not Real.
Form begins to realize itself with the addition of the suffix-ation. Combining -ation with form, the static understanding in the mind is put in motion. Formation is the process of form. Do not be misled by the conventional usage of formation as an identity. Formation is not a thing. It is a process responsible for forming the blob of Reality. When the root combines with the suffix, static form morphs into dynamic formation. In spite of its capability to form Reality, formation is not Real. Almost. But not quite.
The prefix -in reifies formation. Reification, quite simply, is a process for bringing "stuff" to life. Think of life in this case as animation. Personification, an example of reification, animates non-living objects with qualities displayed by living forms. Forming could be described, then, as a process waiting to be reified. Formation, along with being non-real, is dead information. When attached to formation, the ordinary prefix -in provides extraordinary results. This new combination is the animation of an ultimate truth.
If the process of forming is constant and continually at work, then this ongoing process can be referred to as in-formation. Reality is an ongoing process of forming. It is always in this process. This is the truth encoded by the word information. Before information can be a material substance, it behaves diagrammatically structuring Reality. Real is information employs the information diagram to convey understanding. When associated with more specialized topics, information evolves from a diagram to a material substance.
Regardless of its logical validity, this conclusion is the secret to existence. I would not deny its appearance as just a clever manipulation of word usage. But to argue validity in a system, such as logic, where the ambiguity of words can never totally be eliminated seems trivial. Instead of forcing words to submit to our arbitrary systems of knowledge, we should allow them to speak for themselves. After all, words are just representations of something that came before. If we can allow the something being represented to present itself more genuinely, then we can comprehend its historicity more accurately. Representations by themselves are not Real. But what they have come to represent must have been Real somewhere along the way. Finding this somewhere is our mission.