Why the Economic Conception of Human Behaviour Might Lack a Biological Basis
Theoria, Vol. 18, No. 48, 2003
Posted: 13 Nov 2010
Date Written: 2003
In several recent papers Arthur Robson sketches evolutionary scenarios in order to explain why we humans evolved hard-wired utility functions and the capacity to choose flexibly on the basis of them. These scenarios are scrutinized minutely in the paper. It is pointed out that Robson ignores several relevant insightful ideas and distinctions that have surfaced in other contemporary evolutionary theorizing. A somewhat different picture of human behavior emerges once these ideas and distinctions are taken seriously.
Keywords: biological evolution, human behavior, hard-wired utility functions, evolved psychological mechanisms, modules, fast and frugal heuristics
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