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John Wheeler: "It from bit, otherwise put, every it every particle, every field of force, even the space-time continuum itself derives its function, its meaning, its very existence entirely even if in some contexts indirectly from the apparatus-elicited answers to yes-or-no questions, binary choices, bits.

It from bit symbolizes the idea that every item of the physical world has at bottom a very deep bottom, in most instances an immaterial source and explanation; that which we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes-no questions and the registering of equipment-evoked responses; in short, that all things physical are information-theoretic in origin and that this is a participatory universe."

 

John Wheeler was a true maverick well ahead of his time with his "it from bit" description of reality. He proposed that an object in the physical world (an "it) is derived from pure information (a "bit", a digital representation of information).

 

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