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Product Description: Originally published in 1992, this book examines an elementary human paradox: that we are endangered by our own wishes; or, as Oscar Wilde put it, 'When the gods want to punish us they answer our prayers.' Even though this observation is ancient and confirmed by wide experience, none of the disciplines that deal with decision making explain it adequately...read more

Hardcover:

9780521260930 | Cambridge Univ Pr, May 1, 1992, cover price $80.00 | About this edition: Originally published in 1992, this book examines an elementary human paradox: that we are endangered by our own wishes; or, as Oscar Wilde put it, 'When the gods want to punish us they answer our prayers.

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: from self-defeating behaviors to willfulness, from pathological over-control and self-deception to subtler forms of behavior such as altruism, sadism, gambling, and the "social construction" of belief. (view table of contents)

Hardcover:

9780521593007 | Cambridge Univ Pr, March 1, 2001, cover price $110.00 | About this edition: Ainslie argues that our responses to the threat of our own inconsistency determine the basic fabric of human culture.

Paperback:

9780521596947 | Cambridge Univ Pr, March 19, 2001, cover price $49.99

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