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Information in the context of scientific discussion is often used by apologists to mean data, instruction, knowledge, or as having inherent meaning. A more pragmatic usage of the word would be to use it as a label for things that will have a relevant meaning to all minds that are aware of what the values represent in the real world. A naturally occurring pattern has information in it if its basic units are assigned values by a mind. A designed information storage device (such as a vinyl record or compact disc) contains information since its units are assigned values and reader devices (such as a record player or CD player) is built to recognize the form and composition of these bits to be translated to a form relevant to that mind.

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