Re: [asa] Altruism and ID

From: Don Nield <>
Date: Tue Jun 05 2007 - 17:28:53 EDT

Gregory Arago wrote:
> From the obviously scientistic linked article "Activation of Brain
> Region Predicts Altruism":
> "C. Jill Stowe, a decision scientist in Duke's Fuqua School of
> Business, also participated in the research."
> What is a 'decision scientist'?! Is this 'rational choice' theory run
> astray into Business School?
> g.a.
I assume that here 'decision scientist' is a synonym for 'game theorist'
-- a mathematician who applies probability theory to the outcomes of
decision choices -- a branch of Operations Research. The connection
with a business school is obvious. The connection to "altruism" of the
"You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" variety is also obvious. I
would have to read the particular article in order to decide whether the
claims made in it go beyond the scientific and so are scientistic-- that
is *not* obvious to me from the title.

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