Adam I. Gerard

On Good Information

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Good Information

Good Information: good information is valuable information - information that we want to use and often need to use in our reasoning and decision-making for such decisions to have effective outcomes. Good information therefore has instrumental value.

  1. Accurate, factual, trustworthy. E.g. - it must be derived from at least one or more of the following:

i. (a) Factual - demonstrably true through deductive proof, empirical (inductive or scientific) test;

ii. (b) Well-corroborated - verified or confirmed through numerous tests, sources, and information;

iii. (c) Provably (deductively) true;

iv. (d) Intersubjective invariance - what is common between first-person perspectives;

v. (e) A correct, abductive, inference - what is reasonably the best, non-monotonic, explanation for an observed phenomenon;

vi. (f) Highly probable - per (a and others);

vii. (g) Analytically true – a tautology - per (c and a);

  1. Safe. The information, content, and representation must be the minimally harmful implementation (within reason).

  2. Best. The information, content, and representation must be the most useful with respect to specific use-case (within reason).

Per (1) above, the best information is derived from satisfying the most number of the listed sources from which the information is derived.

  1. Consistent. The information is logically consistent within the logical framework in which it is assessed (i.e. - quantum logics reject the distributive law).

  2. Clear. The information is clear, simply put, and unambiguous.

  3. Improved. The information is corrected in light of error and updated in case of absent information.