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About Bob Doyle
I call myself the Information Philosopher because I have developed a new method of solving problems in philosophy and physics, not by clever arguments with words, but by examining information structures in the universe, especially those that communicate with one another.
I earned a Ph.D in Astrophysics from Harvard in 1968 and am now an Associate in the Harvard Astronomy Department.
I have also been an entrepreneur, holding several patents and am the inventor of a number of the earliest computer games, including Parker Brothers Merlin (1978).
As a software developer for Apple, I wrote the first desktop publishing program, MacPublisher, in 1984 for the then new Macintosh computer.
I helped Christopher Lydon and Dave Winer create the very first Podcasts in 2003.
I've spent much of my life building tools to "help communities communicate." I try to "put the means of production in the hands of the people," not as Karl Marx imagined by nationalizing them, but by making them affordable, even free and "open source."
My goal for my books and informationphilosopher.com website is to provide web pages on all the major philosophers and scientists who have worked on the problems of freedom, value, and knowledge. Each page has excerpts from a thinker's work and a critical analysis. The original three major sections of the website each have a history of the problem, the relevant physics, biology, cosmology, etc, and pages on the core concepts of the problem. In recent years, sections have been added on the mind, chance, and the quantum.
I may have read more works of philosophers and scientists than any other modern thinker, and I have critically analyzed and written about the ideas of hundreds of thinkers on my I-Phi web pages. My own books are based on the pages of my website built over the last two decades.
Titles By Bob Doyle
In his 1905 Brownian motion paper, Einstein quantized matter, proving the existence of atoms. His light quantum hypothesis showed that energy itself comes in particles (photons). He showed energy and matter are interchangeable, E = mc2. In 1905 Einstein was first to see nonlocality and instantaneous action-at-a-distance. In 1907 he saw quantum “jumps” between energy levels in matter, six years before Bohr postulated them in his atomic model. Einstein saw wave-particle duality and the “collapse” of the wave in 1909. And in 1916 his transition probabilities for emission and absorption processes introduced ontological chance when matter and radiation interact, making quantum mechanics statistical. He discovered the indistinguishability and odd quantum statistics of elementary particles in 1925 and in 1935 speculated about the nonseparability of interacting identical particles.
It took physicists over twenty years to accept Einstein’s light-quantum. He explained the relation of particles to waves fifteen years before Heisenberg matrices and Schrödinger wave functions. He saw indeterminism ten years before the uncertainty principle. And he saw nonlocality as early as 1905, presenting it formally in 1927, but was ignored. In the 1935 Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paper, he explored nonseparability, which was dubbed “entanglement” by Schrödinger. The EPR paper has gone from being irrelevant to Einstein’s most cited work and the basis for today’s “second revolution in quantum mechanics.”
In a radical revision of the history of quantum physics, Bob Doyle develops Einstein’s idea of objective reality to resolve several of today’s most puzzling quantum mysteries, including the two-slit experiment, quantum entanglement, and microscopic irreversibility.
The Kindle edition has page numbers from the original print edition and an interactive index that lets you jump from the index entry to individual pages. The original print table of contents is interactive, as is the glossary. An extensive Kindle hierarchical table of contents provides Kindle best navigation.
of the Information Philosopher website, a work in progress on some
classical questions in philosophy that 20th-century logical positivists
and analytic language philosophers dis-solved as pseudo-problems.
The Metaphysicist analyzes the information content in twenty
classic problems in metaphysics - Abstract Entities, Being and
Becoming, Causality, Chance, Change, Coinciding Objects,
Composition (Parts and Wholes), Constitution, Free Will or
Determinism, God and Immortality, Identity, Individuation,
Mind-Body Problem, Modality, Necessity or Contingency,
Persistence, Possibility and Actuality, Space and Time, Truth,
Universals, Vagueness, and the 20th-century problem of WaveParticle
The Metaphysicist also includes pages on the classic paradoxes and
puzzles used for millennia to wrestle with these metaphysical problems
The Debtor’s Paradox, Dion and Theon, The Growing
Argument, The Infinite Regress, The Problem of the Many,
The Ship of Theseus, The Sorites Puzzle, The Statue and the
Clay, and Tibbles, the Cat.
Information philosophy is a new philosophical methodology that
goes “beyond logic and language” to the underlying information
structures in the cosmos, in the world, in biological systems, and
in the human mind - structures without which logic, language, and
science would be impossible.
416 pages, 6 figures, index, bibliography.