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The Philosopher Responds to Her Critics, edited by Cornelis de Waal, Prometheus Books.

By Yakov Ben-haim, David R. Fox, Yakov Ben-haim, Keith R. Hayes, Michael Mccarthy, Brendan Wintle, Helen M. Regan, Yakov Ben-haim, Bill Langford, Will G. Wilson, Per Lundberg and Y J. Andelman


The following questions underlie this lecture: • Why do engineers commonly specify performance requirements as inequality constraints? • Why is sub-optimal behavior persistent in highly uncertain competitive evolution? • How can quantum indeterminism be reconciled with the concept of natural law? In this talk we discuss theorems asserting that, under severe uncertainty, a robust-satisficing decision has a better probability of survival than a best-model outcome-optimizing decision. These theorems are based on non-probabilistic info-gap decision theory, which provides a quantification of Knightian uncertainty. We discuss applications of info-gap decision theory to engineering design, the Ellsberg paradox, and quantum uncertainty

Topics: Do foragers optimize or satisfice, American Naturalist, 166, 633–641
Year: 2013
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