Agricultural Decision Making. Anthropological Contributions by Peggy F. Barlett

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2), we see that the observed behavior falls between the two solutions. The first solution is much more expensive than the observed pattern and is roughly analogous to a gourmet diet of exotic foods. The second solution is much less expensive than the observed pattern and is analogous to "good plain fare," nutritious but monotonous. Neither solution is close to predicting the observed pattern of Machiguenga food production. The two solutions do, however, effectively bracket the observed pattern and help us to understand it.

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This has led Dreyfus (1972:188) to suspect many formalists of choosing highly simplified areas of experience where problems can be solved with formal procedures, rather than letting prior theoretical commitments determine which problems should be attempted. " This seems to put the cart before the horse, to say that we are to be mathematicians first and problemoriented social scientists only when the mathematical conditions per6 mit. Second, behind this persistent optimism lies a highly dubious psychological assumption that "The mind can be viewed as a device operating on bits of information according to formal rules.

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