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ON THE ORIGIN OF INFORMATION AND ITS COMMUNICATION APART FROM WORDS

By David B. Givens

May 16, 2017

Words evolved from what we can sense (see, hear, smell, and touch), and don't work well for "particles" and "forces" we cannot detect through our senses. (To view my article on the origin of words, please click HERE.)

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FIGURE 1: TIMELINE FOR THE EVOLUTION OF INFORMATION


0. Before The Big Bang--?

UNKNOWN

Did information exist before the Big Bang origin of the universe? At this point, the answer is unknown.

1. Before Information--Big Bang (13.8 bya [billion years ago] - 10 to minus 43 seconds)

ENERGY

At the beginning of the Big Bang there was only energy. Neither matter nor information existed.

2. Before Information--Grand Unification Epoch (13.8 bya - 10 to minus 43 to minus 36 seconds after the Big Bang)

ENERGY, MATTER (particles)

Milliseconds after the Big Bang, matter (particles) formed. Still no information existed.

You are probably familiar with the look, feel, and rather dormant, inert behavior of beach-sand particles. Atomic particles are far smaller, untouchable, and invisible to the naked eye. In contrast to beach sand, the latter particles are also active, attractive, and "gregarious." They may interactively mingle. Moreover, they may bond together to create increasingly complex atomic and molecular particles. The physical structure of matter, it seems, is inherently amenable--possibly even designed--to be communicative.

3. Before Information--Inflationary Epoch (13.8 bya - 10 to minus 36 to 10 to between minus 33 and 32 seconds after)

SPACE (expansion)

Space begins--and continues today--to expand in size.

4. Before Information--Quark-gluon Soup (13.8 bya - 10 to minus 12 seconds after)

ENERGY, MATTER

There are now four elementary energy forces: gravitation, the weak force, the strong force, and electromagnetism.

5. Origin of Information--Electron-photon Communication--“I am here” (13.8 bya - 10 to 1 second after)

ENERGY, MATTER, INFORMATION

Electromagnetic information is now communicated between electrons and photons. This is the fundamental model for all later communication. The main message of the communication is, "I am here."

6. After Information--Replication via DNA Polymer (3.7 bya)

LIFE

RNA and DNA molecules encode information about how to reproduce themselves. Reproduction becomes a dominant force, joining the four physical forces--gravitation, weak, strong, and electromagnetism--as a fundamental force to be reckoned with. The reproductive force remains a potent motivator in humans today, in their demeanor, goals, clothing, automobiles, music, media, art, religion, prom dresses, hairdos, shoes, and diverse additional nonverbal signs, signals, and cues.

7. After Information--Cell Membrane--Lipid Bilayer (3.7 [?] bya)

CONTAINERS, CELLS

Protectively enclosed in containers, DNA and life prosper. The containers have protein gates that selectively allow matter to enter and leave the inner space defined by the barrier. Homes, automobiles, RVs, garages, tents, bedrooms, and offices are important compartments for human beings today.

8. After Information--Quorum Sensing--”I am here” (3.7 billion years ago)

COMMUNICATION (cell to cell)

Autoinducing peptides or homo serine lactones are the messaging molecules. They are decoded by specialized receptors.

9. After Information--Multicellular Life

PLANTS, ANIMALS

Plants share information through chemical, visual, and olfactory signals. Animals communicate via chemical, electromagnetic, and sensory signs. A great deal of information conveyed by life forms is about physical presence: "I am here."

10. After Information--Attached Filter Feeders

These early life forms permanently attach themselves to hard surfaces, and filter nourishing particles from sea water. They send and receive chemical information about physical presence: "I am here."

11. After Information--Free-swimming Larvae--Communication via Autoinducer

VERTEBRATES

Vertebrates evolved from free-swimming larvae of attached filter feeders. Navigational information becomes a key factor in communication.

12. After Information--Homo sapiens (present day)

WE THE PEOPLE

Organizational communication and the complexity of information evolves.

13. After Information--Humans & Androids (10,000 years in the future)

HUMANDROIDS

Needing neither food nor water, but only electromagnetic energy to survive, programmed smart machines take precedence over human beings.

14. What ultimately Happens to Information?

UNKNOWN

Two proposed scenarios: 1. The universe keeps expanding indefinitely (Empty Space model); information may carry on. 2. The universe collapses into a state like that prior to the Big Bang (Big Crunch model); information and matter cease to exist. Should another explosion occur, no previous information will be communicated or carried forward into the new universe . . .

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Copyright © 2017 (David B. Givens/Center for Nonverbal Studies)