Collective Action in the Wild

The Extended Theory of Conceptual Creativity. Pennisi, Antonio & Alessandra Falzone, editors. (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology). Chapter 6. Springer, 2020.

Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2019-47

21 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2019

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Mathew D. McCubbins

Department of Political Science and Law School, Duke University

Mark B. Turner

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science

Date Written: July 4, 2019

Abstract

Twentieth-century dispositions to model human cognition as logical systems have been undermined by evidence from the wild. Formal models of cognition as symbolic, algorithmic, internally consistent, disembodied, and sequentially marching through linear inference are not ecologically valid and are being replaced by pragmatic, usage-based theories, most notably in linguistics. In this article, we argue that game-theoretic models of human collective action must find new foundations, given the evidence that human behavior in experimental settings and in the wild does not conform to theoretical predictions. We propose an alternative, pragmatic theory of decision-making, founded on different conceptions of selves and decisions, conceptions that are consistent with new cognitive neuroscience.

Keywords: decision-making, game theory, predictability, dynamical cognition, conceptual blending

Suggested Citation

McCubbins, Mathew D. and Turner, Mark B., Collective Action in the Wild (July 4, 2019). The Extended Theory of Conceptual Creativity. Pennisi, Antonio & Alessandra Falzone, editors. (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology). Chapter 6. Springer, 2020.; Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2019-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3415152

Mathew D. McCubbins

Department of Political Science and Law School, Duke University ( email )

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Durham, NC 27708
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Mark B. Turner (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science ( email )

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7068
United States

HOME PAGE: http://markturner.org

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