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Representation, philosophy: representations are adopted internal conditions, such as visual imaginations or linguistic completions, which set in as associations or are possibly developed by reconstruction. In a wider sense, sentences, words, and symbols are representations within a character system. See also truth maker, idea, sentences, propositions, intensions, correspondence, speech act theory.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Kim Sterelny on Representation - Dictionary of Arguments

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Def Representation/Sterelny: an organism represents (and does not simply react to a single feature) if it can track this feature with more than one class of proximal stimuli.
, >Behavior, >Proximal theory.
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Representation/Sterelny: Representation is more than registration. E.g. chimpanzees adapt to the psychological states (aggressiveness) of other chimpanzees.
However, it is still one thing to track mental states, another to represent them.
>Mental states, >Internal states.
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E.g., 1. A bonobo interprets the actions a, b, c.. as being of the same type,
2. they are produced by the same mental state Q (perhaps anger).
3. a, b, c, have no single sensory stimulus in common.
4. completeness
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Deception/error/correction: Stability: can then consist of the variety of observable stimuli.
On the other hand: reaction bandwidth is also important.
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Representation/Sterelny: Thesis: Representation develops in information-permeable environments.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Sterelny I
Kim Sterelny
"Primate Worlds", in: The Evolution of Cognition, C. Heyes/L. Huber (Eds.) Cambridge/MA 2000
Der Geist der Tiere, D Perler/M. Wild, Frankfurt/M. 2005

Sterelny II
Kim Sterelny
Dawkins vs. Gould: Survival of the Fittest Cambridge/UK 2007

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