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Breakdown of Will

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Ainslie argues that our responses to the threat of our own inconsistency determine the basic fabric of human culture. He suggests that individuals are more like populations of bargaining agents than like the hierarchical command structures envisaged by cognitive psychologists. This perspective helps us understand so much that is puzzling in human action and interaction: fr ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 19th 2001 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2001)
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The assumption of human rationality may be one of the most flawed assumptions in the domain of decision science. Once critique for this assumption comes from George Ainslie. George Ainslie in this book explains that our decisions are influenced by different zones of preference that exist in our behavior. He lists the following 5 zones of temporal preferences - Optimal, Compulsions, Addictions, Itches and Pains.

He argues that interests in one range of these temporal zones conflict with the inter
The book is not altogether right, but it is hugely interesting. ...a very inspiring read.
The right direction in understanding self regulation.
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“will is a bargaining situation, not an organ.” 2 likes
“The conventional view of a person's self-command structure is definitely bureaucratic, on the model of a corporation or an army, where superior agents simply pass commands down to inferior ones. However, closer examination of corporations and
armies has shown that despite the establishment of hierarchical command structures, they remain marketplaces where officers must motivate rather than simply ordering behaviors.”
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