Attribution of Information in Animal Interaction

Attribution of Information in Animal Interaction This article establishes grounds on which attributions of information and encoding in animal signals are warranted. As common interest increases between evolutionary agents, the theoretical approach best suited to describing their interaction shifts from evolutionary game theory to communication theory, which warrants informational language. The take-home positive message is that in cooperative settings, signals can appropriately be described as transmitting encoded information, regardless of the cognitive powers of signalers. The canonical example is the honeybee waggle dance, which is discussed extensively in the second and third sections. The take-home negative message is that signals are not always a consequence of coadaptation. The communication theory approach is just one end of a continuum explored more thoroughly by evolu- tionary game theory. The fourth and fifth sections explore this wider framework, as well as overturning some widely held misconceptions about information theory. Keywords Animal communication · Behavioral ecology · Communication theory · Evolutionary game theory · Teleosemantics Introduction: The Information Debate rebutted. In the next section on “Wider Considerations,” in Behavioral Ecology broader skeptical arguments concerning the use of informa- tional concepts in animal communication theory are con- This article establishes grounds on which attributions of sidered. Although the outlook is generally positive, skepti- information in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biological Theory Springer Journals

Attribution of Information in Animal Interaction

Biological Theory , Volume OnlineFirst – May 31, 2018
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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Biology; Evolutionary Biology; Cognitive Psychology
ISSN
1555-5542
eISSN
1555-5550
D.O.I.
10.1007/s13752-018-0299-5
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Abstract

This article establishes grounds on which attributions of information and encoding in animal signals are warranted. As common interest increases between evolutionary agents, the theoretical approach best suited to describing their interaction shifts from evolutionary game theory to communication theory, which warrants informational language. The take-home positive message is that in cooperative settings, signals can appropriately be described as transmitting encoded information, regardless of the cognitive powers of signalers. The canonical example is the honeybee waggle dance, which is discussed extensively in the second and third sections. The take-home negative message is that signals are not always a consequence of coadaptation. The communication theory approach is just one end of a continuum explored more thoroughly by evolu- tionary game theory. The fourth and fifth sections explore this wider framework, as well as overturning some widely held misconceptions about information theory. Keywords Animal communication · Behavioral ecology · Communication theory · Evolutionary game theory · Teleosemantics Introduction: The Information Debate rebutted. In the next section on “Wider Considerations,” in Behavioral Ecology broader skeptical arguments concerning the use of informa- tional concepts in animal communication theory are con- This article establishes grounds on which attributions of sidered. Although the outlook is generally positive, skepti- information in

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Biological TheorySpringer Journals

Published: May 31, 2018

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