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On the Evolution of Truth

Barrett, Jeffrey A. (2015) On the Evolution of Truth. [Preprint]

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This paper is concerned with how a simple metalanguage might coevolve with a simple descriptive base language in the context of interacting Skyrms-Lewis signaling games. We will first consider a metagame that evolves to track the successful and unsuccessful use of a coevolving base language, then we will consider a metagame that evolves to track the truth of expressions in a coevolving base language. We will see how a metagame that tracks truth provides an endogenous way to break the symmetry between indicative and imperative interpretations of the base language. Finally, we will consider how composite signaling games provide a way to characterize alternative pragmatic notions of truth.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Barrett, Jeffrey A.j.barrett@uci.edu
Keywords: Skyrms-Lewis signaling games indicative-imperative distinction pragmatic notions of truth
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Formal Learning Theory
Depositing User: Jeffrey Barrett
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2015 18:52
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 20:32
Item ID: 11398
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Formal Learning Theory
Date: 5 April 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11398

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