On the 'transmission sense of information'

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Abstract

In order to illuminate the role of information in biology, Bergstrom and Rosvall (Biol Philos 26:159–176, 2011a; Biol Philos 26:195–200, 2011b) propose a ‘transmission sense of information’ which builds on Shannon’s theory. At the core of the transmission sense is an appeal to the reduction in uncertainty in receivers and to etiological function. I explore several ways of cashing out uncertainty reduction as well as the consequences of appealing to function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalBiology and Philosophy
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date20 Jan 2012
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • information
  • Shannon
  • genes
  • function
  • behaviour

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On the 'transmission sense of information'. / Stegmann, Ulrich E. .

In: Biology and Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 141-144.

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