Adaptive Thinking: Rationality in the Real World

Adaptive Thinking: Rationality in the Real World

by Gerd Gigerenzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195153723

ISBN-13: 9780195153729

Pub. Date: 03/07/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Where do new ideas come from? What is social intelligence? Why do social scientists perform mindless statistical rituals? This vital book is about rethinking rationality as adaptive thinking: to understand how minds cope with their environments, both ecological and social.

Gerd Gigerenzer proposes and illustrates a bold new research program that investigates

Overview

Where do new ideas come from? What is social intelligence? Why do social scientists perform mindless statistical rituals? This vital book is about rethinking rationality as adaptive thinking: to understand how minds cope with their environments, both ecological and social.

Gerd Gigerenzer proposes and illustrates a bold new research program that investigates the psychology of rationality, introducing the concepts of ecological, bounded, and social rationality. His path-breaking collection takes research on thinking, social intelligence, creativity, and decision-making out of an ethereal world where the laws of logic and probability reign, and places it into our real world of human behavior and interaction. Adaptive Thinking is accessibly written for general readers with an interest in psychology, cognitive science, economics, sociology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and animal behavior. It also teaches a practical audience, such as physicians, AIDS counselors, and experts in criminal law, how to understand and communicate uncertainties and risks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195153729
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/07/2002
Series:
Evolution and Cognition Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

I Where Do New Ideas Come From? 1(57)
From tools to theories: A heuristic of discovery
3(23)
Mind as computer: The social origin of a metaphor
26(18)
Ideas in exile: The struggles of an upright man
44(13)
II Ecological Rationality 57(68)
Ecological intelligence
59(18)
AIDS counseling for low-risk clients
77(15)
How to improve Bayesian reasoning without instruction
92(33)
III Bounded Rationality 125(74)
Probabilistic mental models
129(37)
Reasoning the fast and frugal way
166(33)
IV Social Rationality 199(38)
Rationality: Why social context matters
201(10)
Domain-specific reasoning: Social contract and cheating detection
211(15)
The modularity of social intelligence
226(11)
V Cognitive Illusions and Statistical Rituals 237(60)
How to make cognitive illusions disappear
241(26)
The Superego, the Ego, and the Id in statistical reasoning
267(22)
Surrogates for theories
289(8)
References 297(32)
Name Index 329(8)
Subject Index 337

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