What Are Models For?
This chapter discusses the purpose of the modeling of human ways-of-being and the role of the models. It explains the function of models in representational and performative dimensions, and discusses the shift of human ways-of-being modeling from normative-descriptive-prescriptive to ascriptive science. The chapter also explores ways to increase the precision in formulating propositions about thinking and behavior, and how to capitalize on the distancing effect produced when we talk about people as agents or decision agents.
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