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Learning in Lewis Signaling Games

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/9780199580828.003.0009
Learning in Lewis Signaling Games

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This chapter argues that we can and do learn to signal. We are not the only species able to do this, although others may not do it so well. The real question is what is required to be able to learn to signal. Or, better, what kind of learning is capable of spontaneously generating signaling? If the learning somehow has the signaling system preprogramed in, then learning to signal is not very interesting. If the learning mechanism is general purpose and low level, learning to signal is quite interesting.

Keywords: signals; signaling; learning

Chapter.  3682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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