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The importance of small decisions : how culture evolves

Author: Michael J O'Brien; R Alexander Bentley; William A Brock
Publisher: Cambridge : The MIT Press, 2019.
Series: Simplicity (Cambridge, Mass.)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How people make decisions in an era of too much information and fake news. Humans originally evolved in a world of few choices. Prehistoric, preindustrial, and predigital eras required fewer decisions than today's all-access, always-on world of too much information. Economists have largely discarded the idea that agents act rationally and the market follows suit. It seems that no matter how small or innocuous a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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O'Brien, Michael J.
Importance of small decisions
(DLC) 2018033820
(OCoLC)1055567827
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J O'Brien; R Alexander Bentley; William A Brock
ISBN: 9780262352536 0262352532
OCLC Number: 1082365802
Description: 1 online resource (160 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Intro; CONTENTS; FOREWORD; PREFACE; 1 CULTURAL EVOLUTION; CLASSIFYING CULTURES; INTENT AND OUTCOMES; A DIFFERENT LOOK AT DOMESTICATION; SOCIAL INFLUENCE; A FORMATIVE-PERIOD CALL TO ACTION; 2 GETTING OUR TERMS STRAIGHT; EVOLUTIONARY TERMS; ECONOMIC TERMS; 3 TEAMS AND FITNESS; MORE THAN THROWING DEEP; DRAFTING TOM BRADY; NEUROPLASTICITY AND LONDON TAXI DRIVERS; IFS AND BUTS; WHY ONLY INDIVIDUALS?; 4 HOW DO WE LEARN?; INDIVIDUAL LEARNING; SOCIAL LEARNING; IMITATION VERSUS EMULATION; THE LEGENDARY SKILL OF WOODY THE FLINTKNAPPER; GALTON'S PROBLEM; 5 DANCING LANDSCAPES AND THE RED QUEEN RUGGED LANDSCAPESTHE LANDSCAPE STARTS TO MOVE; 6 A MAP IN FOUR PARTS; THE MAP; NORTHWEST: INDIVIDUAL DECISION-MAKING WITH TRANSPARENT PAYOFFS; NORTHEAST: SOCIALLY BASED DECISION-MAKING WITH TRANSPARENT PAYOFFS; SOUTHEAST: SOCIAL DECISION-MAKING WITHOUT TRANSPARENT PAYOFFS; SOUTHWEST: INDIVIDUAL DECISION-MAKING WITHOUT TRANSPARENT PAYOFFS; MOVING AROUND THE MAP; 7 RISKY BUSINESS; TAKING STOCK(S) OF RETIREMENT; I NEED SOME MUSCLE OVER HERE!; 8LIFE IN THE SOUTHEAST; PAY FOR PLAY; WE'RE ALL SCIENTISTS NOW; DECISION FATIGUE; WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
Series Title: Simplicity (Cambridge, Mass.)
Responsibility: Michael J. O'Brien, R. Alexander Bentley, and William A. Brock.

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An excellent study of human psychology, evolution, modes of thinking. Read this book.-Greg Laden, Greg Laden's Blog An enticing digest, with shades of (and references to) Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Read more...

 
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