The Infoboros: Recursion Across Mind, Matter, and Information by Vidur Mishra
The Infoboros shows recursion and information to be two different aspects of a unitary universal phenomenon. In the participatory feedback loop of observer and reality, recursion drives and regulates the flow of information, and information self-referentially triggers recursion.
The Infoboros is an information-eater. It is here to eat the strange loop of information that eats you. In a glorious tapestry woven from information theory, logic, quantum physics, neurophenomenology, linguistics, computation, and the contemplative science of Tantra, Vidur Mishra's The Infoboros reminds us who and what we are, again.
Recursion is both an unbridled power and an endless issue (source of repetitive deceptions and knots) for a sentient being such as a human. If recursion spirals out of your hands, then life will slip away too. This is what has happened to humanity as it became one-dimensionally obsessed with representational cognition (via virtual symbolic reference) and forgot its many other profound organismic assets and qualities. A decent chunk of the world has endless external conveniences and ever-increasing distribution of models about many things, but it is rare for people to have an extremely deep experience (on a daily basis) of their own existence. Many can articulate and argue really well endlessly, but hardly anyone is always Alice in Wonderland. In simpler words, as Sadhguru says, “People have fallen too much in love with words and have lost the actual world.”
On the other hand, if recursion is consciously and energetically mastered, then you become the weaver of your own fate. You become a Tantric. “Tan” signifies “to loom or weave.” Tantra means “To Weave Your Destiny On Your Will.” Then no matter how problematic things get (even on the cosmic level), within yourself, you will remain absolutely unfettered, untouched.
The meta symbol of Ouroboros is a universal morphism map that can encode and map almost anything and everything onto itself. It can unite many other maps by and onto itself. It can be extended infinitely. It puts the observer back into the dynamic reality that the observer infinitely participates in and further generates endlessly. It puts the modeler back into the infinite (undivided wholeness) reality that it always incompletely discerns, dissects, and models. It points to the unchanging unmoved mover that self-causes itself into infinite changing living manifestations and then participates (plays) with(in) them without being changed by them. In Yogic traditions, it encodes the most potent coiled serpent of Kundalini that magnifies in its explosive magnitude as it spirals upward through each iteration, the self-created cycle of Samsara, the self-negation of Nirvana, the self-sealing of Mahamudra, the self-knowledge of Veda, the self-unification of Yoga, the self-illumination of Atman, the self-reality of Brahman, the self-dancing movement of Shakti, the self-stilling-silencing dissolution of Shiva.
The universe, as a whole, is a pure recursive play of active intelligence on itself, by itself. The Ouroboros is a tail eater. The Infoboros is an information-eater. Eat all your karmic (recurring active) information. Eat the strange loop that eats you, and be free.
The book has received advance praise from people like Subhash Kak (Padma Shri Winner/Computer Scientist/Philosopher), Bobby Azarian (Cognitive Neuroscientist/Psychology Today Blogger), Richard Doyle (Information Scientist/Philosopher/Psychedelic Researcher), and others.
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In this brief life so far, Vidur Mishra has spent a lot of time doing nothing (deeply absorbed in meditative states) while doing quite a few decent things but none as marvelous as doing nothing. During the pandemic of 2020 that shook the already distressed information-overloaded planet, he graduated with a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology and a minor in Philosophy from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University. Well, it seems he is well equipped to jump in this uncertain sea of information—not because of his education, but because of his practice in meditation that allows him to discern signal from noise patiently—with compassion towards his fellow sentient beings. A graceful practice that allows him to mindfully navigate the “strange loop” of dualistic thought, intellect, language, logic, and tech-driven materialistic culture.
He has a transdisciplinary approach, and his work explores questions from information theory, computation, neurophenomenology, philosophy, meditative and esoteric spirituality. The Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon (economist and cognitive scientist) said it the best: “What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”
Since the consumption of sensory and symbolic information recursively consumes attention and feeds the ego, it has become ever more important to take some meditative practice in this information-overloaded age. As such, Vidur practices yoga, self-inquiry, and shoonya meditation to transcend all dualistic cognition to effortlessly abide in the least virtual reality always directly accessible to a sentient being: pure contentless consciousness. Sometimes, he supplements this practice with silent mime, psychedelic visionary art, and kooky eerie poetry. In the past, Vidur has also worked as a Technology Analyst (Bank Of America, NC,USA) and Software Developer.