So what is information? It is communication between minds. But in order for minds to communicate, there must be a common language. The language must exist and be understood prior to any ability to communicate.

— Doug Powell, Holman Quick Source Guide to Christian Apologetics (Nashville: Holman Reference, 2006), 58.

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  1. March 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Ken. I’m reading through this book (thanks for the recomendation) and am challenged by this definition. It would seem things like color, shape, light/shadow, etc… are examples of information we receive every day. Is the idea then that some mind is communicating to the perceiver? Green grass, blue skies, yellow pages… What is being communicated through these things? I like the definition, but am not confident I agree with it yet.

    Thanks very much, brother Ken!

    • March 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Hello, Adam.

      Here’s my take on Powell’s provocative quote:

      It seems the human mind has a built-in ability to make sense of empirical data. Thus mind or consciousness moves beyond the raw data to draw meaning. From a Christian worldview perspective, human minds are networked (via the imago Dei) with the God’s mind and thus speak a common language so to speak. To put it another way, information is the common conceptual experience that transpires among minds that speak a common language.

      I hope this is some help to you. This is obviously a challenging issue to speak clearly and carefully about.

      Best regards,

      Ken Samples

  2. March 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Thanks Ken! That’ll give me something to chew on for a while. Happy thinking

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