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Homo Effectivus: Toward a Unified Model of Human Cognition for the Study of Social-ecological Systems

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Levine, J.; Chan, K.M.A.; Satterfield, Terre; Slingerland, E.
Conference: Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
Location: Hyderabad, India
Conf. Date: January 10-14
Date: 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/7293
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
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Subject(s): social-ecological systems
modeling
rationality
Abstract: "Institutional economics and related fields are struggling to reconcile their inherited assumptions about human rationality with the heterogeneous behaviours that are observed in both experimental and real-world conditions. This begs the question: what set of assumptions should we bring to the study of our own species’ role in complex systems? In response, we propose HOMO EFFECTIVUS: a model of human cognition, synthesized from various literatures, in which our propensity for mental efficiency, achieved mainly through analogical--or case-based--reasoning, is the primary assumption. This assumption can, in turn, directly inform how we select future objects of analysis."

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