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Optimizing engines: Rational choice in the neolithic?

Sterelny, Kim


This article has both substantive and methodological goals. Methodologically, it shows that rational choice theory (in its behavioral ecology form) is an especially important tool for guiding research in contexts in which agents appear to be acting against their best interests. The Neolithic transition is one such case, and the article develops a substantive conception of that transition, illustrating the heuristic power of behavioral ecology.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophy of Science
DOI: 10.1086/681602


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