Review of Philosophy and Psychology 11 (3):547-567 (2020)

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Nir Fresco
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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There are many different notions of information in logic, epistemology, psychology, biology and cognitive science, which are employed differently in each discipline, often with little overlap. Since our interest here is in biological processes and organisms, we develop a taxonomy of functional information that extends the standard cue/signal distinction. Three general, main claims are advanced here. This new taxonomy can be useful in describing learning and communication. It avoids some problems that the natural/non-natural information distinction faces. Functional information is​ ​produced through exploration and stabilisation processes.
Keywords functional information  information  selection  receiver  learning  taxonomy  signal  cue
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