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The overall question for this talk is:

How do agents ever perform optimally when time is pressing and cognitive resources such as working memory are scarce?

I will defend three claims:

  1. New research on minmal models is needed to answer this question.

  2. Pluralism about models is true.

  3. Conjectures about minimal models generate readily testable predictions in the social domain.


model : A model is a way some part or aspect of the world could be.


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