In this paper I consider the usefulness of the compositional hierarchy model in understanding the information flows involved in group behaviors in animals. I propose that short-term memory can function to transduce information across scale, thereby connecting different modes of information and mediating coherent group motions. This transduction I propose to be mediated by the “sign” as understood in Peircean semiotics, generating the meaning of the information for the social animal.
Information and the Regulation of a Lower Hierarchical Level by a Higher One
Stanley N. Salthe
Information 2012, 3(4), 595-600; http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/info3040595