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  1. The Quest for Plausibility: A Negative Heuristic for Science?R. W. Byrne - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):217-218.
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  • The Quest for Optimality: A Positive Heuristic of Science?Paul J. H. Schoemaker - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):205-215.
    This paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of one of science's most pervasive and flexible metaprinciples;optimalityis used to explain utility maximization in economics, least effort principles in physics, entropy in chemistry, and survival of the fittest in biology. Fermat's principle of least time involves both teleological and causal considerations, two distinct modes of explanation resting on poorly understood psychological primitives. The rationality heuristic in economics provides an example from social science of the potential biases arising from the extreme flexibility of (...)
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  • Should the Quest for Optimality Worry Us?Nils-Eric Sahlin - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):231-231.
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  • Vaulting Optimality.Peter Dayan & Jon Oberlander - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):221-222.
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  • The Strategy of Optimality Revisited.Paul J. H. Schoemaker - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):237-245.
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  • Is Economics Still Immersed in the Old Concepts of the Enlightenment Era?Andrzej P. Wierzbicki - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):236-237.
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  • The Human Being as a Bumbling Optimalist: A Psychologist's Viewpoint.Masanao Toda - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):235-235.
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  • Optimal Confusion.Stephanie Stolarz-Fantino & Edmund Fantino - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):234-234.
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  • Avoid the Push-Pull Dilemma in Explanation.Kenneth M. Steele - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):233-234.
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  • Extremum Descriptions, Process Laws and Minimality Heuristics.Elliott Sober - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):232-233.
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  • Rational Agents, Real People and the Quest for Optimality.Eldar Shafir - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):232-232.
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  • Optimality as a Prescriptive Tool.Alexander H. G. Rinnooy Kan - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):230-231.
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  • Don't Just Sit There, Optimise Something.J. H. P. Paelinck - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):230-230.
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  • The Infinite Regress of Optimization.Philippe Mongin - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):229-230.
    A comment on Paul Schoemaker's target article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 14 (1991), p. 205-215, "The Quest for Optimality: A Positive Heuristic of Science?" (https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X00066140). This comment argues that the optimizing model of decision leads to an infinite regress, once internal costs of decision (i.e., information and computation costs) are duly taken into account.
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  • Two Dynamic Criteria for Validating Claims of Optimality.Geoffrey F. Miller - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):228-229.
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  • Complexity and Optimality.Dauglas A. Miller & Steven W. Zucker - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):227-228.
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  • Straining the Word “Optimal”.James E. Mazur - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):227-227.
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  • The Example of Psychology: Optimism, Not Optimality.Daniel S. Levine - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):225-226.
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  • Why Optimality is Not Worth Arguing About.Stephen E. G. Lea - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):225-225.
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  • Natural Science, Social Science and Optimality.Oleg Larichev - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):224-225.
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  • Types of Optimality: Who is the Steersman?Michael E. Hyland - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):223-224.
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  • Optimality and Constraint.David A. Helweg & Herbert L. Roitblat - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):222-223.
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  • Organisms, Scientists and Optimality.Michael Davison - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):220-221.
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  • Natural Selection Doesn't Have Goals, but It's the Reason Organisms Do.Martin Daly - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):219-220.
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  • Some Optimality Principles in Evolution.James F. Crow - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):218-219.
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  • Criteria for Optimality.Michel Cabanac - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):218-218.
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  • Optimality as a Mathematical Rhetoric for Zeroes.Fred L. Bookstein - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):216-217.
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  • Optimality as an Evaluative Standard in the Study of Decision-Making.Jonathan Baron - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):216-216.
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  • Optimality and Human Memory.John R. Anderson - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):215-216.
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