Philosophy of Science 82 (2):219-243 (2015)

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Patrick Grim
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Daniel J. Singer
University of Pennsylvania
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Understanding the dynamics of information is crucial to many areas of research, both inside and outside of philosophy. Using computer simulations of three kinds of information, germs, genes, and memes, we show that the mechanism of information transfer often swamps network structure in terms of its effects on both the dynamics and the fitness of the information. This insight has both obvious and subtle implications for a number of questions in philosophy, including questions about the nature of information, whether there is genetic information, and how to arrange scientific communities
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