All posts tagged with information theory

Blueprints and recipes

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Greg Mayer has a post on preformationism and epigenesis on the Why Evolution Is True blog:“Development is epigenetic”.

Gleick interview on information

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The Guardian has an interview with James Gleick about his new book, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. The book focuses in part on Claude Shannon...

Bitwise consciousness

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Carl Zimmer writes about theories of consciousness in today’s Science NY Times, and describes the work of my Wisconsin colleague, Giulio Tononi.

When genetic drift reduces entropy

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This is the third in a series on information theory and tests for recent selection. The first post, “Information theory: a short ...

Kulturkreise of the Paleolithic Era

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I’m reading through the English translation of The Culture Historical Method of Ethnology by Wilhelm Schmidt – one of the practitioners of the Vienna School ...

Julian Steward and the logic of diffusion

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I’ve had a tremendous response to the last entry in the diffusion series, which discussed the treatment of cultural diffusion by the Boasian school. I really...

Information theory: a short introduction

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I lectured this week in my Biology of Mind course about information theory, and in particular the concept of Shannon entropy. I’ve typed up a few notes...


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From a passage on the statistical behavior of aggregates and probability theory, p. 64-65 in Entropy for Biologists by Harold J. Morowitz, Academic Press, N...

Information measures

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Pp. 66-67 in Entropy for Biologists by Harold J. Morowitz, Academic Press, New York, 1970 (emphasis added):