CAMREC: A Little Memetic Rhetoric

From: the Campaign for Real Economics (camrec@mmu.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Jul 14 1999 - 00:50:51 BST


Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 00:50:51 +0100
Message-Id: <199907151028.LAA08944@alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk>
To: bogus
From: camrec@mmu.ac.uk (the Campaign for Real Economics)
Subject: CAMREC: A Little Memetic Rhetoric
In-Reply-To: <CAMREC: Re: Turing tests?>


Message-Id: <199907151028.LAA08944@alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk>
To: CAMREC list members <camrec@mmu.ac.uk>
From: the Campaign for Real Economics <camrec@mmu.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 00:50:51 +0100
Subject: CAMREC: A Little Memetic Rhetoric

Dear All,

It has long annoyed me that economics has hijacked the term rational for an
extremely odd mode of decision-making.

I suggest the introduction of the term e-rational (short for economically
rational and pronounced "irrational") for decision based on optimising in
an artificially static environment - including those with the future
modelled as an eternal present - based on perfect knowledge.

If anyone objects to the term or its pronunciation, simply say that it is a
term with a purely technical meaning and therefore has no rhetorical
significance!

:)

ATB,

Edmund
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Edmund Chattoe: Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of
Surrey, Guildford, GU2 5XH, tel: 01483-876988 fax: 01483-259551, Associate
Director, Centre for Research on Simulation in the Social Sciences (CRESS,
http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/research/cress), Review Editor, J. Artificial
Societies & Social Simulation http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/JASSS/JASSS.html
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