The construction of learned information through selection processes

Nir Fresco, Eva Jablonka, Simona Ginsburg

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The aim of this chapter is to offer an analysis of information in the context of learning and communication. Information has been previously analyzed in the context of phylogenetic evolution, suggesting a receiver-centered, functional notion of information (Jablonka 2002). This analysis is complemented here by addressing the question of how an individual can learn and develop during ontogeny through exchanging and processing information. To this aim, we present a broad notion of functional information that can be applied to both phylogenetic and ontogenetic learning processes. We focus on ontogenetic learning, and claim that learned, functional information is produced through exploration processes and selective stabilization in a receiver.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317655572
ISBN (Print)9781138789555
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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