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Signals

Brian Skyrms

in Signals

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580828
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722769 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580828.003.0002
Signals

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Whatever one thinks of human signals, it must be acknowledged that information is transmitted by signaling systems at all levels of biological organization. Monkeys, birds, bees, and even bacteria have signaling systems. Multicellular organisms are only possible because internal signals coordinate the actions of their constituents. This chapter addresses two main questions: How can interacting individuals spontaneously learn to signal? How can species spontaneously evolve signalling systems? It discusses how we can bring contemporary theoretical tools to bear on these questions.

Keywords: signals; signaling systems; senders; receivers

Chapter.  4443 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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