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New in the Princeton University Press Ideas Blog
Meaning and the Hard Problem of Life: An Essay by Gary Tomlinson

In a recent piece for the Princeton University Press Ideas Blog, Gary Tomlinson writes about some of the concepts in his forthcoming book, The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning. Click here to learn more about the book. Click here to read the full piece. An excerpt appears below:

“In the middle of the twentieth century something happened to the meaning of ‘meaning.’ Until then, in a tradition reaching back at least to Aristotle, meaning had been associated with concepts, definitions, and language—and so associated strongly with the human animals who hold concepts, define things, and speak. But now it came to be connected to a term, information, that was sponsoring revolutions in areas from computation to biology. Meaning was ushered into the Information Age.”