Signals: Evolution, Learning, and Information

Paperback | May 9, 2010

byBrian Skyrms

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Brian Skyrms presents a fascinating exploration of how fundamental signals are to our world. He uses a variety of tools -- theories of signaling games, information, evolution, and learning -- to investigate how meaning and communication develop. He shows how signaling games themselves evolve,and introduces a new model of learning with invention. The juxtaposition of atomic signals leads to complex signals, as the natural product of gradual process. Signals operate in networks of senders and receivers at all levels of life. Information is transmitted, but it is also processed in variousways. That is how we think -- signals run around a very complicated signaling network. Signaling is a key ingredient in the evolution of teamwork, in the human but also in the animal world, even in micro-organisms. Communication and co-ordination of action are different aspects of the flow ofinformation, and are both effected by signals.

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Brian Skyrms presents a fascinating exploration of how fundamental signals are to our world. He uses a variety of tools -- theories of signaling games, information, evolution, and learning -- to investigate how meaning and communication develop. He shows how signaling games themselves evolve,and introduces a new model of learning with ...

Brian Skyrms is a Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California Irvine, and Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:May 9, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199582947

ISBN - 13:9780199582945

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Signals2. Signals in Nature3. The Flow of Information4. Evolution5. Evolution in Lewis Signaling Games6. Deception7. Learning8. Learning in Lewis Signaling Games9. Generalizing Signaling Games: Synonyms, Bottlenecks and Other Mismatches10. Inventing New Signals11. Networks I: Information Processing12. Complex Signals and Compositionality13. Networks II: Teamwork14. Learning to Network