Logics, Situations and Channels

March 2006

“Logics, Situations and Channels,” Journal of Cognitive Science 6:125–150, 2005 (appeared in print in 2006).

The notion of that information is relative to a context is important in many different ways. The idea that the context is small – that is, not necessarily a consistent and complete possible world – plays a role not only in situation theory, but it is also an enlightening perspective from which to view other areas, such as modal logics, relevant logics, categorial grammar and much more.

In this article we will consider these areas, and focus then on one further question: How can we account for information about one thing giving us information about something else? This is a question addressed by channel theory. We will look at channel theory and then see how the issues of information flow and conditionality play a role in each of the different domains we have examined.

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