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Hierarchical Organization, Revisited

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

Concepts in DAWKINS' (1976) paper on hierarchical organization are reviewed and areas of confusion discussed. The complex singing organization in the song thrush (Turdus philomelos) is analyzed in terms of hierarchical organization and Markov process which are shown at each level to be perfectly compatible. However, remote contingence is shown to be pervasive, and thus song thrush singing organization is ultimately non-Markovian. "Relative hierarchies" or "heterarchy" are contrasted with distributed patterns of activity as models of control.

Affiliations: 1: (University of California, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, California 94923, United States


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