"...we've started with information in the computer, built that software molecule - now over a million letters of a genetic code - put that into a recipient cell and [..] that has converted that cell into a new species"Cue loads of discussion of the ethics, of course, and in comment in the Guardian, Andrew Brown says:
But at this moment of complete victory for materialism something odd has happened: the chemical and material world turns out to be entirely shaped by something called "information".Absolutely!
But, then he goes on to say
But though this information clearly exists in some sense, it's impossible to say what kind of thing it is, because it isn't a thing at all.OK, sort of.
Whatever this may be, it isn't material, and it isn't bound by physical laws. Information turns out to be as elusive and as omnipresent as God once was.Well, information is elusive and omnipresent - which is the motivation for this blog - but I don't know about 'isn't bound by physical laws'.