On Communication. An Interdisciplinary and Mathematical Approach

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 5, 2007 - Philosophy - 237 pages
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This book originated in the last four years when we were lecturing both in communication and computer science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Therefore, it was rather obvious for us to integrate these two sci- tific disciplines and to analyze the problem of the general logic of communicative processes by the use of suited computer models and mathematical concepts. The result of these efforts is this book and it is up to the readers if our attempts are successful. We could never have finished this study without the enthusiastic interest of many students in both sciences. Several of them are named in the book who implemented specific computer programs as part of their respective MA-thesis. We have also to thank several colleagues in communication and computer science, who supported our work in many ways. We frequently experienced that the old and venerable paradigm of especially the German University "the unity of research and teaching" (Humboldt) is far from dead and can be updated any time, provided a suited research project. Our special thanks go to Jörn Schmidt from the former Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Higher Education at our University, whose constant help was invaluable to us. Each new scientific approach is only possible because it stands, to quote Newton, “on the shoulders of giants”. Therefore, we dedicate this book in memoriam to two great pioneers in communication science, namely Claude E. Shannon and Gerold Ungeheuer.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS OF A CONCEPT AND A NEW METHODICAL APPROACH
1
EXCURSION INTO COMPLEX SYSTEMS THEORY
7
22 UNIVERSAL MODELING SCHEMAS AND MODELS OF SOFT COMPUTING
15
23 COMPLEX SYSTEMS APPROACH AND SYSTEMS DYNAMICS
21
MEANING AND INFORMATION THE SEMANTIC DIMENSION OF COMMUNICATION
25
32 INFORMATION AND THE VECTOR OF EXPECTATION
42
33 A COMPUTATIONAL MODEL
55
34 RELEVANCE AND EVALUATION OF MESSAGES
62
THE COGNITIVE DIMENSION OF COMMUNICATION
129
51 THE STORY OF TOM
131
52 WAS IT MURDER? THE FORMATION OF ANALOGIES
138
53 COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS MEANING PROCESSING CAPACITIES AND LOCAL ATTRACTORS
143
54 THE MEANING OF LEARNING
151
55 SUB SYMBOLIC AND SYMBOLIC COGNITIVE PROCESSES
167
THE GENERAL EQUATIONS OF COMMUNICATIVE PROCESSES
179
EXAMPLES COMPUTER MODELS AS OPERATIONALIZATION
193

THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF COMMUNICATION
67
41 THE MODELING OF SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
68
AN EXAMPLE OF OPINION FORMATION
81
43 THE EMERGENCE OF SOCIAL ORDER BY COMMUNICATIVE PROCESSES OF TYPIFYING
90
THE THEORY OF SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION
104
45 THE SDPARAMETER
111
46 SEMIOTIC PRODUCTION RULES
122
71 THE DETERMINATION OF COMMUNICATION BY MEANING DEGREES OF INFORMATION AND RELEVANCE
194
72 THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL STRUCTURE ON SEMANTICAL CORRESPONDENCE
199
73 EXPANDED MODELS
213
THE MATHEMATICAL CONDITIONS OF HUMAN COGNITION AND COMMUNICATION
225
BIBLIOGRAPHY
231
INDEX
235
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