Evolving Economics is a blog by Jason Collins of his thoughts on economics, evolution and those areas in between.
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I have been rereading Gerd Gigerenzer’s collection of essays Rationality for Mortals: How People Cope with Uncertainty. It covers most of Gigerenzer’s typical turf – ecological rationality, heuristics that make us smart, understanding risk and so on. In the first essay, Gigerenzer provides four categories of approaches to analysing decision making – unbounded rationality, optimisation under constraints, […]
Links this week: Big ideas are destroying international development. Dream smaller. Appealing to my biases – the skeptics guide to institutions Part 1 and Part 2. Most published results in finance are false. Be mean, look smarter. Constructing illusions. Predicting complex genotypes from genomic data – for those who confuse these two statements: “The brain is complex and […]
Philip Ball has an article in the December issue of Prospect (ungated on his blog) arguing that consideration of the genetic basis to social problems is a distraction from socioeconomic causes. The strawman punchline for the Prospect article is “It’s delusional to believe that everything can be explained by genetics”. The article has drawn a […]
In my review of E.O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth, I quoted this passage which captures Wilson’s conception of the origin of cooperation in humans. Selection at the individual level tends to create competitiveness and selfish behaviour among group members – in status, mating, and the securing of resources. In opposition, selection between groups tends […]
The re-eruption of the war of words between E.O. Wilson and Richard Dawkins has occurred just as I have come around to reading Wilson’s 2012 book The Social Conquest of Earth. In an interview on BBC2 (watch it at the bottom of this post), Wilson stated: There is no dispute between me and Richard Dawkins and […]
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