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The importance of small decisions

Michael J. O'Brien author. R. Alexander Bentley 1970- author.; William A. Brock author.; John Maeda writer of foreword.

2019

Available at UDM McNichols Campus Library  UDM McNichols Library Stacks  (BF 448 .O27 2019 )()

  • Title:
    The importance of small decisions
  • Author: Michael J. O'Brien author.
  • R. Alexander Bentley 1970- author.; William A. Brock author.; John Maeda writer of foreword.
  • Description: Foreword / by John Maeda -- Preface : in Judge Ito's courtroom -- Cultural evolution : small changes in the aggregate -- Getting our terms straight -- Teams and fitness -- How do we learn? -- Dancing landscapes and the red queen -- A map in four parts -- Risky business -- Life in the southeast.
    Humans originally evolved in a world of few choices. Prehistoric, preindustrial, and predigital eras required fewer decisions than today's all-access, always-on world of too much information. Economists have largely discarded the idea that agents act rationally and the market follows suit. It seems that no matter how small or innocuous a decision might seem, there's almost no way to guess the effect it might have. The authors of The Importance of Small Decisions view decisions and their outcomes from a different perspective: as key elements in the evolution of culture. In this trailblazing book, they examine different kinds of decisions and map the outcomes, both short- and long-term. Drawing on this, they introduce a map of social behavior that captures the essential elements of human decision-making. The authors look at the New England Patriots' decision in 2000 to draft an underachieving college quarterback named Tom Brady; they consider Warren Buffett's investment strategy; and they chart the "dancing landscape" of a college applicant's decision-making environment. Finally, they show that decisions can be ranked according to transparency of choice and social influence. When fake news seems indistinguishable from real news and when the internet offers a cacophony of voices, they warn, we can't afford to crowdsource our decisions. -- Provided by publisher.
  • Local Note: acq2019psy
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press
  • Format: xix, 139 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780262039741;ISBN 0262039745
  • Subjects: Decision making -- Psychological aspects; Interpersonal relations; Social evolution; Decision making -- Psychological aspects; Interpersonal relations; Social evolution
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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