Information and cognition

Authored by: Fred Adams

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138796935
eBook ISBN: 9781315757544
Adobe ISBN: 9781317633495

10.4324/9781315757544.ch26

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Abstract

What is the relation between information and cognition? It is common to accept that there is a connection between information and knowledge (Adams, 2004). In order to know that Paris is on the river Seine, one needs to find that out. Finding out is having someone tell, reading in a book, finding on the internet that it is so. Hence, finding out is acquiring the information that Paris is on the river Seine. Knowing an empirical fact about the world requires information from the world about such facts. This is not in doubt (Dretske, 1981, 1983). 1

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