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The Case for Teaching Ignorance

This in the NYT — H/T to Troy Camplin In a paper from a few years ago I had a section in a chapter in Hayek and Behavioral Economics that deals with this notion, a curtain-raiser to a more detailed examination. Taking Ignorance Seriously As already indicated the other component to thinking about complexity resides…


Varieties of externalism

Here’s a very useful close-grained conspectus sharing the same title of an earlier piece by Susan Hurley. Unsurprisingly, Hayek nor Simon are nowhere to be seen and surprisingly Heylighen et al are referenced. complexitydistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEpistemologyExtended MindExternalismFriedrich HayekHerbert SimonPhilosophy of mindsituated cognitionsocial epistemologySusan Hurley

Herb Simon

Minds, Models and Milieux: Commemorating the Centennial of the Birth of Herbert Simon

Coming soon — contributors include Katherine Simon Frank, Robert Rupert, Gerd Gigerenzer, Ron Sun, Morris Altman, Massimo Egidi, Mie Augier and several others. This book is a collection of specially commissioned chapters from philosophers, economists, political and behavioral economists, cognitive and organizational psychologists, computer scientists, sociologists and permutations thereof as befits the polymathic subject of this book – Herbert Simon. The tripartite…

Bertrand Russell, 1951

Bertrand Russell

Born on this day. It just so happens that while writing on Herbert Simon today I was reminded of Russell who, on hearing from Simon about his “thinking machine” that proved theorems from Principia Mathematica, responded: “I am delighted to know that ‘Principia Mathematica’ can now be done by machinery. I wish Whitehead and I had known of this…