Signals: Evolution, Learning, and Information

Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press (2010)
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Brian Skyrms offers a fascinating demonstration of how fundamental signals are to our world. He uses various scientific tools to investigate how meaning and communication develop. Signals operate in networks of senders and receivers at all levels of life, transmitting and processing information. That is how humans and animals think and interact.



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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of signalling. It then argues that the relation of signalling theory to philosophy is epistemology, because it deals with selection, transmission, and processing of information. It is philosophy of (proto)-language. It addresses cooperatio... see more

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Brian Skyrms
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