Information without truth

Metaphilosophy 41 (3):313-330 (2010)

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Gualtiero Piccinini
University of Missouri, St. Louis
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Abstract: According to the Veridicality Thesis, information requires truth. On this view, smoke carries information about there being a fire only if there is a fire, the proposition that the earth has two moons carries information about the earth having two moons only if the earth has two moons, and so on. We reject this Veridicality Thesis. We argue that the main notions of information used in cognitive science and computer science allow A to have information about the obtaining of p even when p is false.
Keywords false information  knowledge  cognitive science  semantic information  Veridicality Thesis
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2010.01632.x
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