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Information 2012, 3(4), 595-600; doi:10.3390/info3040595
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Information and the Regulation of a Lower Hierarchical Level by a Higher One

Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, Vestal Parkway East, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000, USA
Received: 2 July 2012 / Revised: 8 October 2012 / Accepted: 9 October 2012 / Published: 22 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information: Its Different Modes and Its Relation to Meaning)
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Abstract

In this paper I consider the usefulness of the compositional hierarchy model in understanding the information flows involved in group behaviors in animals. I propose that short-term memory can function to transduce information across scale, thereby connecting different modes of information and mediating coherent group motions. This transduction I propose to be mediated by the “sign” as understood in Peircean semiotics, generating the meaning of the information for the social animal.
Keywords: compositional hierarchy; semiotics; short term memory; sign compositional hierarchy; semiotics; short term memory; sign
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