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Information and meaning in evolutionary processes, William F. Harms

Label
Information and meaning in evolutionary processes
Title
Information and meaning in evolutionary processes
Statement of responsibility
William F. Harms
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book is intended to help transform epistemology - the traditional study of knowledge - into a rigorous discipline by removing conceptual roadblocks and developing formal tools required for a fully naturalized epistemology. The evolutionary approach which Harms favours begins with the common observation that if our senses and reasoning were not reliable, then natural selection would have eliminated them long ago. The challenge for some time has been how to transform these informal musings about evolutionary epistemology into a rigorous theoretical discipline capable of complementing curren
Member of
Cataloging source
MERUC
Dewey number
121
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BD177
LC item number
.H37 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology
Label
Information and meaning in evolutionary processes, William F. Harms
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-264) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Acknowledgments; Introduction; why epistemology matters; why evolution matters; ontology, selection, and convention; Part I; Part II; Part III; preestablished harmony; 1 Replicator Theories; dawkins, replicators, and memes; Memes: The Cultural Replicators; david hull: replicators and the evolution of science; Science as a Selection Process; dennett's intentional-informational replicators; What Exactly Is a Meme?; conclusion; 2 Ontologies of Evolution and Cultural Transmission; an ontology of the cell; horizontal transmission; cultural transmission as a cellular process
  • Memetics: the ''meme's-eye view"three kinds of selfishness in evolution; lineages and populations; conclusion; 3 Population Dynamics; simple selection; modeling evolution; population models; mutation; frequency-dependent fitness; selection-mutation in fixed-size populations; sampling error or drift; conclusion; 4 Information Theory; information basics; why entropy? what metaphysics?; dretske's indicator semantics; using functions to determine informationally relevant states; a tracking efficiency measure for naturalized epistemology; information and payoffs
  • Pareto optimization of adapted responsesconclusion: four concepts of information; 5 Selection as an Information-Transfer Process; putting it all together; states of the world and the population; the proof; other receiver characterizations; the slogan; 6 Multilevel Information Transfer; information and selection on two levels; human knowledge; common sense; objections; 7 Information in Internal States; the model: real's bumblebees; preference formation: adding a third level; variable environments; simulation results; Information and Selection; 8 Primitive Content; meaning conventions
Control code
ocn560250421
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 268 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780511194405
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b21995011
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)560250421
  • pebcs0511193661

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