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This article develops the idea that the storage and processing of information in computers and in brains may often be understood as information compression. The article first reviews what is meant by information and, in particular, what is meant by redundancy, a concept which is fundamental in all methods for information compression. Principles of information compression are described. The major part of the article describes how these principles may be seen in a range of observations and ideasdoi:10.3233/aic-1993-6203 fatcat:sg3ivjitpzbgleptnb4ojcaw4m