Ecological Rationality

Ecological Rationality Intelligence in the World - Evolution and Cognition Series

Hardback (03 May 2012)

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Publisher's Synopsis

"More information is always better, and full information is best. More computation is always better, and optimization is best." More-is-better ideals such as these have long shaped our vision of rationality. Yet humans and other animals typically rely on simple heuristics to solve adaptive problems, focusing on one or a few important cues and ignoring the rest, and shortcutting computation rather than striving for as much as possible. In this book, we argue that in an uncertain world, more information and computation are not always better, and we ask when, and why, less can be more. The answers to these questions constitute the idea of ecological rationality: how we are able to achieve intelligence in the world by using simple heuristics matched to the environments we face, exploiting the structures inherent in our physical, biological, social, and cultural surroundings.

Book information

ISBN: 9780195315448
Publisher: OUP USA
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 153
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 590
Weight: 944g
Height: 241mm
Width: 163mm
Spine width: 31mm