Cognitive Science · Economics · Human Rationality

Books about human rationality.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of new and surprising reappraisals of human rationality.

Here is a bibliography of a few of these books and essays.


Bibliography: the new understanding of human rationality:

The Enigma of Reason.  A book by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber published in April of 2017.  Go to Book

The Argumentative Theory by Hugo Mercer.  An article in    Go to Article

The Function of Reason, Dan Sperber,  A long article on Dan’s long career in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology and his discovery of Argumentative Theory.   Go to Article

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.   Go to Book.

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass Sunstein.  Go to Book.

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis.  Go to Book. has many avenues for thinking about these ideas.

The Invisible Manipulators of Your Mind, by Tamsin Shaw.  An article in the NYRB.  Go to the article.

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind by Kevin N. Laland. Go to Book

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu.  Go to Book.

From Bacteria to Bach: The Evolution of Minds.  Daniel Dennett,  Go to book.

Why Facts Don’t Change our Minds,  by Elizabeth Kolbert.  Go to the essay.  

Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception by George Akerlog, and Robert Shiller.  Go to the book.

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard Thaler.  Go to the book.

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely.  Go to the book. 

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health , Wealth and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cast Sunstein.  Go to the book.

The Knowledge Illusion: Why we Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, Go to the Book

Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us by Jack Gorman and Sara Gorman.  Go to the book.


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