The ancient debate between Platonists and Aristotelians, it seems to me, is germane to this topic. Platonists would argue that information transcends human minds and material reality but is still real. Aristotelians would agree that it is real but see it as a property of material things. The idea that somehow the world *is* information seems to assume Aristotelianism. But what if Plato was right? How would that affect the nature of these investigations?