Meaning = Information + Evolution

Publication Year:
2016
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12609
Author(s):
ROVELLI, Carlo
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Notions like meaning, signal, intentionality, are difficult to relate to a physical word. I study a purely physical definition of "meaningful information", from which these notions can be derived. It is inspired by a model recently illustrated by Kolchinsky and Wolpert, and improves on Dretske classic work on the relation between knowledge and information. I discuss what makes a physical process into a signal.