Adaptive Thinking

Adaptive Thinking Rationality in the Real World - Evolution and Cognition

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Publisher's Synopsis

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 programme 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 behaviour and interaction. Adaptive Thinking is accessibly written for general readers with an interest in psychology, cognitive science, economics, sociology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and animal behaviour. It also teaches a practical audience, such as physicians, AIDS counsellors, and experts in criminal law, how to understand and communicate uncertainties and risks.

Book information

ISBN: 9780195136227
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 128.33
DEWEY edition: 21
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 628g
Height: 230mm
Width: 150mm
Spine width: 25mm