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Information and Meaning : An Evolutionary Perspective - Tom Stonier

Information and Meaning : An Evolutionary Perspective

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Information and Meaning is the third book in a trilogy exploring the nature of information, intelligence and meaning. It begins by providing an overview of the first two works of the trilogy, then goes on to consider the meaning of meaning. This explorat ion leads to a theory of how the brain works. This book differs from others in the field, in that it is written from the perspective of a theoretical biologist looking at the evolution of information systems as a basis for studying the phenomena of information, intelligence and meaning. It describes how neurons create a brain which understands information inputs and then is able to operate on such information.

Introductionp. 1
The Nature of Informationp. 11
The Diversity of Information Processingp. 31
The Spectrum of Intelligencep. 51
Proto-Intelligencep. 73
The Origins of Bio-Intelligencep. 83
Machine and Electronic Intelligencep. 101
The Physical Origin of Meaningp. 119
The Origins of Human Speechp. 131
The Internal Information Environmentp. 147
The Semantic Metabolismp. 165
Review and Further Discussion About Consciousnessp. 181
How Neurons Create Thoughtp. 199
Calculations Presented in Chapter 2: The Nature of Informationp. 221
Infons and the Relativity Equationsp. 225
How to Evolve Electronic/Mechanical Systems into the Equivalent of a Living, Self-Reproducing Bio-System (a Self-Replicating Automated Factory)p. 227
Some Cardinal Differences in the Anatomy and Physiology of Classical Computers and the Human Brainp. 233
Possibilities Considered in Chapter 11 on How to Quantify Meaningp. 237
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9783540761396
ISBN-10: 354076139X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 255
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.49  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.41