creatures of the information

We walk the corridors, searching the shelves and rearranging them, looking for lines of meaning amid leagues of cacophony and incoherence, reading the history of the past and of the future, collecting our thoughts and collecting the thoughts of others, and every so often glimpsing mirrors, in which we may recognize creatures of the information.
Jorge Luis Borges, 'The Library of Babel'

Related: Freeman Dyson, 'How We Know' in the 3/10/11 NYRB (I'm still thinking about this essay).