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Rationality Redeemed: An Evolutionary Perspective On Behavioral Economics

Rationality Redeemed: An Evolutionary Perspective On Behavioral Economics

James Holland Jones

About This Talk

January 17, 02017

Rationality, a cornerstone of modern economic theory, is increasingly called into question by new behavioral research

. By looking at subsistence societies, this biological anthropologist reaffirms that humans can act in their own self-interest. Bringing an evolutionary perspective to formal decision theory, Dr. Jones will explain what we can learn from the most rational people in the world.

The Interval welcomes award-winning journalist Mary Kay Magistad (formerly of PRI's The World and NPR, now host of the Whose Century Is It? podcast) as guest moderator. This event was co-presented by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where Jones was a 02015-16 fellow.

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