Information is the best insurance policy for your business. Information is also considered as the final solution of uncertainty; it renders the question of what an entity is and hence defines both its physical and psychological nature. The concept of information also has many different meanings in many different contexts. For the purpose of this article we will deal with the meaning of information generally and then some more in depth information about the practical applications of information in business.
Information may be described as a collection of data, knowledge, or information in some other precise form. The most common definition of information is that it is “the total amount of data which would be necessary to determine or interpret something”. This definition however is subject to many interpretations. Information may be described as the actual or potential outcome of an action or a series of actions. Information may also be used as the means or the instrument by which an end is reached or a certain result is achieved.
The second aspect of information processing involves the use of information to create or fabricate some event or object. It is widely accepted that information processing occurs in various domains, such as computer programming, manufacturing decision-making, financial transactions, marketing decisions, scientific research, manufacturing production processes, advertising strategies, and legal practices. The domain in which the concept of information processing has been most influential is in the area of criminal justice, where the criminal charge, if correctly constructed, could indeed produce a complete and accurate result. The criminal charge must not only be “proof against” the suspect, but it should also be able to produce a logically acceptable explanation by means of forensic investigation, police work, secret files, and so on.
Information processing, according to the major schools of information science, is a process whereby an individual gathers, processes, stores, retrieves, and retrieve information that has come to his/her conscious mind over time. Conscious mind refers to the part of the brain that controls and coordinates behavior. Information processed through the conscious mind then passes, via the subconscious mind, to the subconscious where it is again controlled and directed by the central nervous system. In this way, information may be deliberately or subconsciously processed by the various parts of the human brain, which collectively operate in accordance with the many neurological pathways. In this broad sense of the definition, information processing is a subset of memory, and memory is arguably more important than information itself.
An example of a processing technique is the technique by which an individual recollects facts after being exposed to an argument, a piece of information, or even a television program. This process of mind rewiring can provide the victim with the ability to remember details about a crime that has occurred, or even details about the criminal’s tactics, while leaving other critical details unchanged. The details left unchanged are from a prior causal input and were not altered in the brain’s vast memory database. It is this subjective information that provide the victim with the information that allows them to reconstruct events after the fact and sometimes creates new memories that were not otherwise available to them.
Many of the information processing techniques used today rely on the construction of super-conscious Mind that functions and stores information long after the information has been consciously accessed. Information that has been stored by this super-conscious mind is referred to as stored memories, and is often referred to as the subconscious memory or hokum. While this type of information processing may not be consciously available, it is the basis for the vast majority of our mental processes. In any event, the power to access, recall, and interpret information is present in all of us, and even a simple incident of a stroke can leave behind fragments of forgotten information that can affect our lives.