Pick A Rule, Any Rule: The Evolution Of Choice

Evolutionary biologists predict that traits and behaviors passed on through generations provide (or once provided) a population with a selective advantage over their competitors. Likewise, the tendency to stick to a rule could have been selected for over evolutionary time, to the degree that the behavior has been ingrained in certain individuals. The authors loosely refer to a population acting with consistent rules as one endowed with a "Gene of rationality." The tendency to stick to a rule could have been selected for over evolutionary time.

Provided by: Northwestern University (Kellogg) Topic: Big Data Date Added: Aug 2010 Format: HTML

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