Signals: Evolution, Learning, & Information
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Signals: Evolution, Learning, & Information

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Brian Skyrms presents a fascinating exploration of how fundamental signals are to our world. He uses a variety of tools -- theories of signaling games, information, evolution, and learning -- to investigate how meaning and communication develop. He shows how signaling games themselves evolve, and introduces a new model of learning with invention. The juxtaposition of atomi...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published May 2nd 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 1st 2010)
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Signaling games--the subject of this book--was a new topic to me. The book has less than 200 pages but the rate of how much you learn per page is impressively high (given that you knew very little in the beginning). The presentation is very accessible, so it is not that you need to consult Wikipedia or spend hours with pen and paper to make sense of it. The book starts with the simplest game possible which is gradually modified to illustrate different phenomena like deception, category formation...more
Nia Nymue
Sigh. He's got some really nice ideas here, really cool, but I dislike his style of writing. He seems to touch and go on some points without elaborating sufficiently - I'd think that he's going to talk in greater length and depth about something, but it stops suddenly and something new is brought up, making the points seem so underdeveloped. Disappointing. And he doesn't explain his diagrams - that bothers me a lot. There are also plenty of editing errors, as some other reviews have pointed out....more
Very interesting book on the spontaneous emergence of signalling systems.
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