Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 141-144

On the ‘transmission sense of information’

  • Ulrich E. StegmannAffiliated withSchool of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen Email author 

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In order to illuminate the role of information in biology, Bergstrom and Rosvall (Biol Philos 26:159–176, 2011a; Biol Philos 26:195–200, 2011b) propose a ‘transmission sense of information’ which builds on Shannon’s theory. At the core of the transmission sense is an appeal to the reduction in uncertainty in receivers and to etiological function. I explore several ways of cashing out uncertainty reduction as well as the consequences of appealing to function.


Information Shannon Genes Function Behaviour