Lecture07 - BioNB 2210: Lecture 07 Sept. 9, 2011 Lecture...

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BioNB 2210: Lecture 07 Sept. 9, 2011 Lecture 07: Principles of Communication Professor Thomas Seeley Learning Objectives 1. To know how biologists define the process of communication, and why they use this specific definition. 2. To understand that the level of honesty in communication can vary greatly, from total honesty to extreme deceit. 3. To understand the difference between unforced honesty and forced honesty, and how a receiver can “force” the evolution of honesty in communication. 4. To know the difference between the message and the meaning of a signal, and how one decodes a signal’s message and meaning. 1. What is communication? Definition: the process in which a sender uses a specially evolved signal to modify the behavior of the receiver Important points: a. "specially evolved signal" this narrows considerably the definition because it eliminates cases where the behavior of one animal influences that of another without a specially evolved signal being involved example: a mouse making rustling sounds is not communicating with
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