"either an idiot... or possessed of a dangerous agenda and very cunning"
Thursday, 29 July 2010
For The Battle for Human Nature by Barry Schwartz, one of the most interesting things I have read recently. It was written in the late-80s but it's still very relevant. Basically he argues that economics, sociobiology and behaviour theory have converged on a theory of human nature that is driven purely by self-interest. He then goes on to argue that, whilst this theory explains only part of human nature, it may lead to policies that encourage the behaviour that the theory expects to see. Will post up some chunks shortly.