Quantum of meaning

What is a quantum of meaning?

The more general a statement is, the less it means.

Starting from this axiom, it is possible to search for a quantum of meaning by searching for the most general statement which still means anything. The “most general” statement would be a quantum of meaning.

“Everything is relative.” This is a very general statement, almost, but not quite, meaningless. If true, however, the phrase creates its own counter-factual. The meaning of the phrase would not be relative to anything. Change is everywhere, except for the phrase itself, which is unchanging. “Permanent change.” Another very general statement, almost, but not quite, meaningless, and which creates its own counter-factual. The axiom, above, follows this pattern (if it is true about everything, including itself, it is meaningless).

All broadest generalizations follow this pattern. They describe everything except for themselves. They create their own counter-factual. Another example: 'Russell's set' in set theory: All sets that do not contain themselves. Does this set contain itself? If the set does contain itself, then it doesn't contain itself. If it doesn't contain itself, it does contain itself.

From this, I ascertain that there is not one quantum of meaning, but two. One of the quanta can be described as information, structure, order, matter. In the above example, "everything is relative", the “order” quantum is the self-reflective meaning of the phrase, that it, itself, does not change, if it is true. The other quantum is change, relativity, disorder, energy (the straight-forward, not self-reflective, meaning of the phrase, everything is relative). The two convert, from one to the other, over time. In the case of "everything is relative", we must reach the end of everything, the end of time, to achieve conversion of the phrase. It does not contain much meaning.

Called it three quanta. Order, energy, and time, though time is a product of the conversion ratio between energy and order and may not exist independently.

Living entities must convert external energy into internal order over time; they do so by converting the internal order into energy ("work") over time.  They use the energy from the internal order to find external sources of energy which are used to replenish (are converted into) the internal order.  This cycle takes place over time.  This cycle consumes energy.

Living entities search for broader generalizations which mean more. Living entities want their language to be reproduced.

One of the two quanta--energy--traverses time.  

The other, information, carries order and does not traverse time by itself. 

In a sense, I must be arguing that if a statement is narrower, it means more. However, all we can measure with respect to the "meaning" content of a statement (or an assembly of order) is how much energy is required to form the order, how much energy is released when the order is converted into energy (work), and how much time the conversion processes takes (energy-->order-->energy-->order, etc.).

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