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  1. Redefining animal signaling: influence versus information in communication.Michael J. Ryan - 2010 - Biology and Philosophy 25 (5):755-780.
    Researchers typically define animal signaling as morphology or behavior specialized for transmitting encoded information from a signaler to a perceiver. Although intuitively appealing, this conception is inherently metaphorical and leaves concepts of both information and encoding undefined. To justify relying on the information construct, theorists often appeal to Shannon and Weaver’s quantitative definition. The two approaches are, however, fundamentally at odds. The predominant definition of animal signaling is thus untenable, which has a number of undesirable consequences for both theory and (...)
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    On optimal modularity for system construction.Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik & Michael J. Ryan - 2016 - Complexity 21 (5):176-189.
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    A general framework for measuring system complexity.Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik & Michael J. Ryan - 2016 - Complexity 21 (S1):533-546.
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    Framing, Switching and Preference Reversals.Michael J. Ryan - 2004 - Theory and Decision 57 (3):181-211.
    An explicitly frame related interpretation of a very general more for less result is used to establish a correspondingly general class of frame related switching results. These are used in turn to show how preference reversals of kinds found by Allais and others may not only be essentially non-paradoxical in character, but can be expected to be frequently observed, even under conditions of certainty and of complete information.
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    Patterns of evolution in human speech processing and animal communication.Michael J. Ryan, Nicole M. Kime & Gil G. Rosenthal - 1998 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (2):282-283.
    We consider Sussman et al. 's suggestion that auditory biases for processing low-noise relationships among pairs of acoustic variables is a preadaptation for human speech processing. Data from other animal communication systems, especially those involving sexual selection, also suggest that neural biases in the receiver system can generate strong selection on the form of communication signals.
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  6. Resolving the problem of sexual beauty : a reflection on Darwin's part II (chapters 8-18). Sexual selection.Michael J. Ryan - 2021 - In Jeremy M. DeSilva (ed.), A most interesting problem: what Darwin's Descent of man got right and wrong about human evolution. Princeton: Princeton University Press.