"An idea is nothing more nor less than a new combination of old elements [and] the capacity to bring old elements into new combinations depends largely on the ability to see relationships. The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas."
"All this explains why the physics of information is consistent with two slogans, this time popular among scientists, both favourable to the proto-physical nature of information. The first is by Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), the father of cybernetics: ‘information is information, not matter or energy. No materialism which does not admit this can survive at the present day.’ The other is by John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008), a very eminent physicist, who coined the expression ‘it from bit’ to indicate that the ultimate nature of physical reality, the ‘it’, is informational, comes from the “bit’. In both cases, physics ends up endorsing an information-based description of nature. The universe is fundamentally composed of data, understood as dedomena, patterns or fields of differences, instead of matter or energy, with material objects as a complex secondary manifestation."
Floridi, Luciano. Information: A Very Short Introduction
. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. (via carvalhais
"What I hate is ignorance, smallness of imagination, the eye that sees no farther than its own lashes. All things are possible. Who you are is limited only by who you think you are."