I am that I am. Yahweh, Exodus, 4:26
The boundary of a boundary is zero. John Wheeler
The Infoboros has landed!
The Infoboros rumbles itself into manifestation through the sheer reverberation of itself announcing itself here and N0w. The Infoboros declares, and declares again, an utter redundancy at the heart of all information, a redundancy that enables it to inform itself. Information, Vidur Mishra’s incandescent new book instructs us, is first and foremost about itself. The beginning was recursion, out of (V01D) No-thing’s self-causation. Nowhere and Now-Here. As Mishra puts it in the “Dictums” that open The Infoboros, “Recursion drives and regulates the flow of information, and information self-referentially triggers recursion.”
In the pandemic—itself an information event feeding back onto itself—the going has gotten very weird indeed, so it is good news that we find ourselves living in ecologies not of “stuff” or “particles” but of recursive events that encode information about themselves as themselves. These feedback loops between biology and culture remind us that awareness—the capacity of consciousness to attend to itself, as in Yahweh’s pithy dictum above—is fundamental to the universe and not accidental. It’s a feature and not a bug! Vidur Mishra’s new book finally gives us the vocabulary and the practices to navigate an information planet where we have mistaken bitness for fitness and forgotten our practices of self awareness.
Fair warning: The Infoboros is an information-eater. It is here to eat the strange loop of information that eats you. In a glorious tapestry woven from information theory, logic, quantum physics, neurophenomenology, linguistics, computation, and the contemplative science of Tantra, The Infoboros reminds us what we are, again. Let the involution begin again!
Advance Praise for The Infoboros
The Infoboros is a provocative and original book on the problem of consciousness. It is not an academic tome in that it cuts through categories underlying “mechanistic” analyses of neuroscience phenomena that hang the emergence of consciousness to the workings of complexity (which have not been very useful) and finesses the problem by stressing recursion. This is a look from the top-down in contrast to the bottom-up approach of the neuroscientist and complexity theorist and this, in my opinion, is the more sensible approach in view of the reality of nonlocal phenomena, as in quantum theory.
Another valuable thing about the book is that it gives voice to Vedantic ideas on consciousness that have found very little coverage in J. of Consciousness Studies or the many academic books on the subject. This is rather odd since Vedantic ideas were central to the thought of pioneers like Schrodinger and William James. Furthermore, there is so much more within the Vedic tradition on consciousness that could be of relevance to contemporary debates on the subject.
This book has been written with flair that will draw readers to it. ~ Professor Subhash Kak, Author, Recursion and Reality
In his ambitious debut, Vidur Mishra makes the case that reality itself is a kind of Godelian strange loop that cannot be separated from the observer it creates, who in turn creates reality. The Infoboros is a recursive trip down the rabbit hole inside the rabbit hole, and Mishra is something like a scientist-poet for a new new age—a scientifically-literate age that appreciates metaphor and prose when it is used with the proper care. ~ Bobby Azarian, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Psychology Today Blogger, and author of The Romance of Reality.
While I wrangled with its ideas, my own became so much more clear. There are many different ways to interpret this remarkable work, my favorite being The Infoboros as the void making itself. ~ Jonah Babusci