18.580 "information" in action

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 06:34:30 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 580.
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         Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 06:29:01 +0000
         From: "Douglas Galbi" <Douglas.Galbi_at_fcc.gov>
         Subject: information in action

Consider this question: how much new information is created each year?
Peter Lyman and Hal Varian have collected some interest data and done
some useful analysis on this question. See

A different sort of question is: how much information is incorporated
into normal routines of everyday life? I've tried to examine this
question by looking at long-term trends in the frequency distribution of
given names. See http://www.galbithink.org/names/agnames.htm

These are two rather different perspectives on information. The
difference might be analogized to the difference between the size of the
library and the size of the vocabulary that persons use in daily life.

Douglas Galbi
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