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The Reciprocal Modular Brain in Economics and Politics : Shaping the Rational and Moral Basis of Organization, Exchange, and Choice - Gerald A. Cory

The Reciprocal Modular Brain in Economics and Politics

Shaping the Rational and Moral Basis of Organization, Exchange, and Choice

By: Gerald A. Cory (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1999
ISBN: 9780306461835
Number Of Pages: 134

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The present work is an extension of my doctoral thesis done at Stanford in the early 1970s. In one clear sense it responds to the call for consilience by Edward O. Wilson. I agree with Wilson that there is a pressing need in the sciences today for the unification of the social with the natural sciences. I consider the present work to proceed from the perspective of behavioral ecology, specifically a subfield which I choose to call interpersonal behavioral ecology th Ecology, as a general field, has emerged in the last quarter of the 20 century as a major theme of concern as we have become increasingly aware that we must preserve the planet whose limited resources we share with all other earthly creatures. Interpersonal behavioral ecology, however, focuses not on the physical environment, but upon our social environment. It concerns our interpersonal behavioral interactions at all levels, from simple dyadic one-to-one personal interactions to our larger, even global, social, economic, and political interactions. Interpersonal behavioral ecology, as I see it, then, is concerned with our behavior toward each other, from the most obvious behaviors of war between nations, to excessive competition, exploitation, crime, abuse, and even to the ways in which we interact with each other as individuals in the family, in our social lives, in the workplace, and in the marketplace.

`... a major contribution to the dialogue on how knowledge of neuroscience can be applied to understanding the functions and effects of economic and social institutions.' Prof. Daniel S. Levine, University of Texas and past President, International Neural Network Society `... this will become a classic book.' Dr. Russell Gardner Jr., Chairman, World Psychiatric Association, Psychotherapy Section `I consider [his] work to be path-breaking and immensely important. To my knowledge, it has no counterpart in the literature.' Prof. Kurt Steiner, Stanford University

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
The Maslow Hierarchy of Needs vs. MacLean's Triune Brain
MacLean's Triune Brain Concept: In Praise and Appraisal
Toward a New Neurobehavioral Model
The Reciprocal Nature of Behavior
The Conflict Systems Neurobehavioral Model vs. the Maslow Hierarchy
The Reciprocal Algorithms of Behavior and the Norm of Reciprocity
Empathy in Economics: Anthropological and Sociological-Perspectives
Rational Choice Theory Contra the Human Mammal
Political Economy: The Reciprocal Brain and the Management and Creation of Scarcity
Institutions, Organizations, and Reciprocity
The New Institutional Economics: Williamson and Transaction Costs Economics
The New Institutional Economics: The Perspective of Douglass North
Do All the Children Have Shoes? The Contrived Nature of Demand and Supply in Modern Economics
The Reciprocal Equation in Behavior, Social, and Economic Exchange: An interim Summing Up
The Culture Bound Nature of American Economic Theory
Public Choice Theory and Political Science
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780306461835
ISBN-10: 0306461838
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 134
Published: 30th June 1999
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.86