Abstract

This paper discusses how Herbert Simon's initial interest in decision making became transformed into a focus on understanding human problem solving in response to the concrete conditions of the Cold War and the practical goals of the military. In particular, it suggests a connection between the seachange in Simon's interest and his shift in patronage. As a result, Simon is portrayed as a component of the scientific-military World War II cyborg that further evolved during the Cold War. Moving from decision making to problem solving, Simon's cyborg science not only required large sums of money, but also managed to acquire these.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9274
Print ISSN
1063-6145
Pages
pp. 380-406
Launched on MUSE
2000-12-01
Open Access
No
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