– bounded rationality –
Human behaviour involves a learning process of acting, towards a conceivable objective through a determined premonition of circumstances, and the repercussions of their undertakings.
A behavioural pattern could be achieved as a result of frequent and repetitive decisions made by an individual or group, in the acknowledgement of events. Thus, in time, these become additive decisions. Within the notion of behaviour, decisions are made towards a purposeful consequence, but there are contradictions in situations of interdependent decisions.
With the awareness of an option an individual may have to eventually decide (without the knowledge of results) on the course of an event while ignoring the alternative. Here the choice of decision is confronted by a category of decisions, belonging to multiple classifications, which consequently projects a procedure referred to as discriminate analysis. Hence an interdependent decision situation is composed of elements of conflict of choice.
Within the realm of how things relate, conflict emerges as a significant catalyst that instigates change instead of unanimity. Therefore, conflicts can be understood as a familiar interdependent relationship involving constrains and obligations. The theory also demonstrates that the constitution and composition of a social system involves conflict as a process of transformation, which tends towards a different future with uncertain experiences and ultimately becomes the stimulator and variant in the evolution of the society.
An aspect of human behaviour defined as coupling constraints originates as a result of the impulse to organise, classify and co-operate towards a specific objective or common goal (the phenomenon is not restricted only to human behaviour and could be observed amongst other living species).
This could be assumed as a behavioural response to events, which eventually becomes the format of adaptive decisions, or updated meanings through which people develop knowledge and acknowledgement.
As part of the process within the mechanism of change and evolution affecting a population, conflicts materialise as various ‘vital events’ which include birth, death, marriages, emigrations, wars, and so on.
Things can only be explained relative to the thoughts contained in them – but thought patterns are not global needless to say universal – is the ability to understand limited? An approach to explanation described as the genetic approach is based on the belief that awareness of the origin and evolution of things formulates the means for comprehension.
The process is that of assessment and assignment of significance or notes to experienced events or sensations.
The notion of bounded rationality represents limitations in an individual’s competence and scope to articulate or conceive intricate tasks.
This inability is revealed in terms of forged or premeditated options with complete ignorance of a broader range of alternatives.
Events are perceived and designated as stimulus response model of involuntary actions – apathetic and detached leading to a lack of awareness and recognition.
Constraints are temporal, (e.g. the need to repose) or spatial (the dimensions of distance) within the environment of the individual termed as the geographical space.
Capability constraints confirm that an individual’s biological composition and formation limit human behaviour.
Ola-Dele Kuku © 2002 – Brussels