Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Heuristics refound

William C. Wimsatt a1
a1 Department of Philosophy and Committee on Evolutionary Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637


Gigerenzer et al.'s is an extremely important book. The ecological validity of the key heuristics is strengthened by their relation to ubiquitous Poisson processes. The recognition heuristic is also used in conspecific cueing processes in ecology. Three additional classes of problem-solving heuristics are proposed for further study: families based on near-decomposability analysis, exaptive construction of functional structures, and robustness.