Rationality for Mortals: How People Cope with Uncertainty

Paperback | April 17, 2010

byGerd Gigerenzer

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Gerd Gigerenzer's influential work examines the rationality of individuals not from the perspective of logic or probability, but from the point of view of adaptation to the real world of human behavior and interaction with the environment. Seen from this perspective, human behavior is morerational than it might otherwise appear. This work is extremely influential and has spawned an entire research program. This volume collects recent articles, looking at how people use "fast and frugal heuristics" to calculate probability and risk and make decisions. It includes the revised articlesand newly written introduction that were first published in the hardcover edition. Its appeal is to a mixture of cognitive psychologists, philosophers, economists, and others who study decision making.

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Gerd Gigerenzer's influential work examines the rationality of individuals not from the perspective of logic or probability, but from the point of view of adaptation to the real world of human behavior and interaction with the environment. Seen from this perspective, human behavior is morerational than it might otherwise appear. This w...

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He has taught at the Universities of Munich, Constance, Salzburg, and Chicago. Recent books include Simple Heuristics that Make Us Smart (1999, with Peter Todd et al.), Adaptive Thinking: Rationality in the Real World (2000), Calculated Risks (200...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Bounded and rational2. Fast and frugal heuristics3. Rules of thumb in animals and humans4. I think, therefore I err5. Striking a blow for sanity in theories of rationality6. Out of the frying pan into the fire7. What's in a sample? A manual for building cognitive theories8. "A 30% chance of rain tomorrow"9. Simple tools for understanding risks: From innumeracy to insight10. The evolution of statistical thinking11. Mindless statistics12. Children can solve Bayesian problems13. In the year 2054: Innumeracy defeatedReferencesSubject IndexName Index