glyph 304: evolving knowledge, decision making, information theory, economics, discovery processes
This essay was taken from the Phil Salin website, http://www.philsalin.com, April 5, 2006.
The main purpose of this work is to re-examine the way we perceive decisions and think about conscious choice. In order to teach people how to make better decisions, or be more "intelligent" at allocating scarce resources, I argue, we need to have a better model of how decisions work as real processes, and what "intelligence" really is.
Section I, "Understanding Decisions" discusses traditional ways of studying decision making, and proposes a more descriptive approach.
Section II, "The Wealth of Kitchens" is an exercise in educating one's perceptions as to what decisions really are, and how they really work as a process.
Section III, "The Oikonomikos of Information" summarizes the main theoretical conclusions which follow from Section II.
We are observing here an iterative, multiply-overlaid evolutionary process of "competition as a discovery procedure."
The Ecology of Decision, or "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Kitchens" Explains decisions and intelligence as shaped by the evolving knowledge embodied in our tools.
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