Archivio per 5 luglio 2013

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Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (5 July 2013)

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Make kids eat veg–How to be happy–Women sidestep maths stereotypes–Exercise protects brain from stress–The secrecy heuristic–Creative power of death.

See on spring.org.uk

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Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (5 July 2013)

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Make kids eat veg–How to be happy–Women sidestep maths stereotypes–Exercise protects brain from stress–The secrecy heuristic–Creative power of death.

See on www.spring.org.uk

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How evolution can reform economics – David Sloan Wilson – Aeon

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

In 2008, as it was becoming clear that a once-in-a-generation financial crisis was upon us, a friend of mine who is a senior corporate executive asked me a peculiar question. Might evolutionary theory have something to say about what caused the crisis? Those of us who labour away in the biological sciences are unaccustomed to fielding questions from corporate executives, but I had founded a think tank called the Evolution Institute and my friend was an early supporter. These were desperate times; the financial crisis had exposed grave weaknesses in our basic understanding of economic systems. The reigning theoretical paradigms in economics had run out of credibility, having, at best, failed to predict the crisis and, at worst, helped to exacerbate it. Could evolutionary theory do better?

Of course, economics has been crying out for interdisciplinary intervention since its inception. The field is caught in a tug-of-war between two ideas: the idea that we need market processes to proceed unhindered and the idea that a healthy economy requires regulation.

See on aeonmagazine.com

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How evolution can reform economics – David Sloan Wilson – Aeon

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

In 2008, as it was becoming clear that a once-in-a-generation financial crisis was upon us, a friend of mine who is a senior corporate executive asked me a peculiar question. Might evolutionary theory have something to say about what caused the crisis? Those of us who labour away in the biological sciences are unaccustomed to fielding questions from corporate executives, but I had founded a think tank called the Evolution Institute and my friend was an early supporter. These were desperate times; the financial crisis had exposed grave weaknesses in our basic understanding of economic systems. The reigning theoretical paradigms in economics had run out of credibility, having, at best, failed to predict the crisis and, at worst, helped to exacerbate it. Could evolutionary theory do better?

Of course, economics has been crying out for interdisciplinary intervention since its inception. The field is caught in a tug-of-war between two ideas: the idea that we need market processes to proceed unhindered and the idea that a healthy economy requires regulation.

See on www.aeonmagazine.com

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This View of Life: On Adaptability vs. Resilience

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Rafe Sagarin discusses the difference between adaptation and resilience in this answer to an audience question at the January 24, 2012 Signature Lecture for the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

In short, adaptability seems to capture the idea better of changing to deal with new conditions, whereas resilience can imply the ability to return to a previous state. Most resilience scholars are careful to note the difference between the brittleness that comes from returning to a previous state no matter what the cost (e.g., homeowners using flood insurance to rebuild on a flood plain) and the kind of elastic resilience that makes one a better performer in the future, but I still like the easier applicability and lesser degree of confusion with adaptation. 

See on www.thisviewoflife.com

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This View of Life: On Adaptability vs. Resilience

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Rafe Sagarin discusses the difference between adaptation and resilience in this answer to an audience question at the January 24, 2012 Signature Lecture for the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

In short, adaptability seems to capture the idea better of changing to deal with new conditions, whereas resilience can imply the ability to return to a previous state. Most resilience scholars are careful to note the difference between the brittleness that comes from returning to a previous state no matter what the cost (e.g., homeowners using flood insurance to rebuild on a flood plain) and the kind of elastic resilience that makes one a better performer in the future, but I still like the easier applicability and lesser degree of confusion with adaptation. 

See on thisviewoflife.com

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This View of Life: Toward A Neo-Darwinian Synthesis Of Neoclassical And Behavioral Economics

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Economics is in the midst of a quiet crisis having undergone a schism forty years ago, and showing no signs of healing. In the paper, “Towards a neo-Darwinian synthesis of neoclassical and behavioral economics,” I argue that the natural sciences provide the best route to re-unite economics. 

Economics is divided into the neoclassical school that assumes people are rational maximizers and the behavioral school that argues people are, in the words of Richard Thaler, “dumber and nicer” than neoclassical economists assume.

Behavioral economics has become more powerful because it has documented a series of deviations between the behavior of actual living people, and the predicted behavior of Homo economicus.

See on thisviewoflife.com




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