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Content in simple signalling systems

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Our understanding of communication and its evolution has advanced significantly through the study of simple models involving interacting senders and receivers of signals. Many theorists have thought that the resources of mathematical information theory are all that are needed to capture the meaning or content that is being communicated in these systems. However, the way theorists routinely talk about the models implicitly draws on a conception of content that is richer than bare informational...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1093/bjps/axw036

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy
ORCID:
0000-0002-2032-5705
Godfrey-Smith, P More by this author
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Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Journal website
Volume:
69
Issue:
4
Pages:
1009–1035
Publication date:
2017-01-02
Acceptance date:
2016-12-19
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EISSN:
1464-3537
ISSN:
0007-0882
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pubs:926109
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uri:dcec8f7c-bd58-48cf-88cb-951df1774ced
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uuid:dcec8f7c-bd58-48cf-88cb-951df1774ced
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pubs:926109

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