Signals: Evolution, Learning, and Information

Signals: Evolution, Learning, and Information

by Brian Skyrms
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199582947

ISBN-13: 9780199582945

Pub. Date: 05/02/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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 various ways. 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 of information, and are both affected by signals.

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ISBN-13:
9780199582945
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/02/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Signals 5

2 Signals in Nature 20

3 Information 33

4 Evolution 48

5 Evolution in Lewis Signaling Games 63

6 Deception 73

7 Learning 83

8 Learning in Lewis Signaling Games 93

9 Generalizing Signaling Games: Synonyms, Bottlenecks, Category Formation 106

10 Inventing New Signals 118

11 Networks I: Logic and Information Processing 136

12 Complex Signals and Compositionality 145

13 Networks II: Teamwork 149

14 Learning to Network 161

Postscript 177

References 179

Index 197

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