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Machine behaviour

New survey paper in Nature inspired by Herb Simon. Sciences of the Artificial is an excellent and very accessible book that feature’s heavily here. In his landmark 1969 book Sciences of the Artificial, Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon wrote: “Natural science is knowledge about natural objects and phenomena. We ask whether there cannot also be ‘artificial’ science—knowledge about artificial…

The digital world, cognition and behaviour

Herbert Simon Society call for papers. For a comprehensive overview of Simon’s work by a Who’s Who of writers, check out this collection of essays. Behavioral economicsBounded RationalityCognitionCognitive scienceecological rationalityHerbert SimonheuristicsSocial network

The Psychology of Chess

Fernand Gobet has a new book out that, as a (very rusty) chess player, has piqued my interest. As a cognitive scientist and a highly skilled player himself, there are few (if any) better placed than Fernand to write on this topic. Visitors to this site might recall Fernand’s excellent essay on Herb Simon. Here is…

James Gardner March: I know who I am

H/T Brendan Markey-Towler for bringing this obituary to my attention. His seminal book, Organizations, written jointly with Herbert A. Simon in 1958 . . . In an October 3 memoriam published in Le Monde Thierry Weil asserts that many believe March should have shared the 1978 Nobel Prize for Economics with Herbert Simon for the theories…