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3 Cognition and markets Brian J. Loasby Introduction Whether as an explanation of decision making or as a guide to making decisions, rational choice theory is not very interesting. What is called ‘a decision’ is merely the logical precipitate of the premisses: everything that might be regarded as a determinant of choice is already in place, and assumed to be known (if only as a probability distribution) to the chooser. Within choice theory agents make no decisions. Now this should not be a source of complaint, for, paradoxical as it may seem, choice theory is

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, 301 – 21 . Calvo , A. and Bialystok , E. ( 2014 ), ‘ Independent Effects of Bilingualism and Socioeconomic Status on Language Ability and Executive Functioning ’, Cognition , 130 : 3 , 278 – 88 . CDAC Network ( 2018 ), ‘ Digital Inclusion and Community Voices: Stepping over the Humanitarian

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There has been increasing interest and debate in recent years on the instituted nature of economic processes in general and the related ideas of the market and the competitive process in particular. This debate lies at the interface between two largely independent disciplines, economics and sociology, and reflects an attempt to bring the two fields of discourse more closely together. This book explores this interface in a number of ways, looking at the competitive process and market relations from a number of different perspectives. It considers the social role of economic institutions in society and examines the various meanings embedded in the word 'markets', as well as developing arguments on the nature of competition as an instituted economic process. The close of the twentieth century saw a virtual canonisation of markets as the best, indeed the only really effective, way to govern an economic system. The market organisation being canonised was simple and pure, along the lines of the standard textbook model in economics. The book discusses the concepts of polysemy , idealism, cognition, materiality and cultural economy. Michael Best provides an account of regional economic adaptation to changed market circumstances. This is the story of the dynamics of capitalism focused on the resurgence of the Route 128 region around Boston following its decline in the mid-1980s in the face of competition from Silicon Valley. The book also addresses the question of how this resurgence was achieved.


who wish to question the perception of Kant’s enterprise as merely an exercise in legitimating the natural sciences, and on the other to those who see the need to extend the scope of epistemology if it is not to founder on the problems that become apparent in the first two Critiques. Dieter Henrich regards the crux of Kant’s epistemology as the justification of ‘forms of cognition from the form and nature of self-consciousness’ (Henrich 1982 p. 176). The philosophical problem is therefore how the form and nature of self-consciousness are to be described. Descartes had

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Gadamer . . . Truth here is seen in terms of the capacity of forms of articulation to ‘disclose’ the world.5 For Bernstein, too, ‘art and aesthetics . . . appear as somehow more truthful than empirical truth . . . more rational than methodological reason, more just than liberal justice . . . more valuable than principled morality or utility’.6 This is not to argue that art, and the world disclosed in art, are simply ‘more true’ than truth as correspondence, that ‘art and aesthetics are true while truth-only cognition, say in its realisation in the natural sciences, is

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its deepest sense,27 demanding acknowledgement as an intentional object of perception. Similarly, in Beckett’s early positing of Beethoven’s ruptured music as a possible model for his own work, but equally in his increasingly musical, fragmented language that apparently keeps the underlying silence at bay, silence is composed in, defined still in terms of the cessation of sound, objectified for cognition, and evoked only by the act of listening for it. In these manifestations, as Sontag says, ‘“Silence” never ceases to imply its opposite and to depend on its

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following prerequisites must be simultaneously present: 1 A human need. 2 Such properties as render the thing capable of being brought into a causal connection with the satisfaction of this need. 3 Human knowledge of this causal connection. 4 Command of the thing sufficient to direct it to the satisfaction of the need (Menger, 1950, p. 52). Just focusing on the conditions for adoption, Menger distinguishes four elements, the first three of which we consider as constitutive for adoption: motivation, the objective properties of the good, and cognition. Since the fourth

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frameworks used to comprehend sensory experience. Dugan also asserts the significance of each individual’s unique embodiment of sensory experience, arguing that ‘individual bodies sense specific phenomena’ divergently. In order to study the senses in context, then, we must also interrogate the ‘shifting interface between individual cognition and shared material environments’, remaining cautious about flattening individual sensory encounters into undifferentiated models of collective experience.7 In the same article, Dugan locates a separate, salient concern for sensory

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that pertains to empirically informed human and social sciences, which are specifically called to sustain and complete scientific education so to train future generations to be aware of and disclose epistemological biases, and be engaged in the effort of correcting them profitably for their own best interests and for the interests of others. References Aron, A. R. et al. (2007), ‘Converging evidence for a fronto-basal-ganglia network for inhibitory control of action and cognition’, Journal of Neuroscience, 27: 11860–4. Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., and Grafman, J. (2014

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Fateful splitting in the Victorian insanity trial

another person’, challenged the jury to determine who exactly had committed the crime. Seen against the backdrop of a defendant population increasingly ‘missing’ at the time of their crimes, the concept of moral insanity represents much more than a momentary courtroom diversion on the way to the McNaughtan Rules.15 It signalled the beginning 25 Joel Peter Eigen of medical testimony that would question whether intellect, cognition, and will were integrated in any meaningful way. Post-McNaughtan defendants who suffered bouts of amnesia, who committed an assault while

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