Herbert A. Simon as a cyborg scientist

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Article 10636145 This paper discusses how Herbert Simon's initial interest in decision making became transformed into a focus on understanding human problem solving in response to the concrete conditions of the Cold War and the practical goals of the military. In particular, it suggests a connection between the seachange in Simon's interest and his shift in patronage. As a result, Simon is portrayed as a component of the scientific-military World War II cyborg that further evolved during the Cold War. Moving from decision making to problem solving, Simon's cyborg science not only required large sums of money, but also managed to acquire these. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Copyright of Perspectives on Science is the property of MIT Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts) This paper discusses how Herbert Simon's initial interest in decision making became transformed into a focus on understanding human problem solving in response to the concrete conditions of the Cold War and the practical goals of the military. In particular, it suggests a connection between the seachange in Simon's interest and his shift in patronage. As a result, Simon is portrayed as a component of the scientific-military World War II cyborg that further evolved during the Cold War. Moving from decision making to problem solving, Simon's cyborg science not only required large sums of money, but also managed to acquire these. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Copyright of Perspectives on Science is the property of MIT Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts) CYBORGS PSYCHOLOGY SIMON, Herbert Accession Number: 5877863; Sent, Esther-Mirjam; Source Information: Winter2000, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p380; Subject Term: CYBORGS; Subject Term: PSYCHOLOGY; People: SIMON, Herbert; Number of Pages: 27p; DOI: 10.1162/106361400753373759; Document Type: Article

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