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Signals in Nature

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/9780199580828.003.0003
Signals in Nature

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This chapter surveys some of the signaling systems in nature. Darwin sees some kind of natural salience operating at the origin of language. At that point signals are not conventional, but rather the signal is somehow naturally suited to convey its content. Signaling is then gradually modified by evolution.

Keywords: signals; signaling systems; evolution; Darwin

Chapter.  4071 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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