Systems of communication: information, explanation and imagination

Murphy, Peter (2011) Systems of communication: information, explanation and imagination. International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science, 2 (2). pp. 1-15.

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Three fundamental systems of communication are defined: information, explanation, and imagination. Information is based on analytic distinctions between objects in the world. Explanatory communication provides knowledge through discourse, narration, logic, rhetoric and other forms of systemic elaboration. Intellectual discovery relies on a third system of communication, that of imagination. Rather than distinction or elaboration, imagination is rooted in intuition and analogy. The most powerful medium of the imagination is antonymous insight. The article discusses examples of the latter from warfare, politics, and science.

Item ID: 22546
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1947-8216
Keywords: analysis, antonym, discourse, imagination, information, knowledge
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Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 21:15
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080611 Information Systems Theory @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
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