Herbert Simon Quotes


25 Herbert Simon quotes:



"Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones."
"The proper study of mankind is the science of design."
Author: Simon Quotes Category: Design Quotes
"The simplest scheme of evolution is one that depends on two processes; a generator and a test. The task of the generator is to produce variety, new forms that have not existed previously, whereas the task of the test is to cull out the newly generated forms so that only those that are well fitted to the environment will survive."
Author: Simon Quotes Category: Evolution Quotes
"Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves."
"Technology may create a condition, but the questions are what do we do about ourselves. We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we better find ways to like ourselves."
"The engineer, and more generally the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be - how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function."
"No one has characterized market mechanisms better than Friedrich von Hayek."
"Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design."
"One finds limits by pushing them."
"The social sciences, I thought, needed the same kind of rigor and the same mathematical underpinnings that had made the "hard" sciences so brilliantly successful."
"All correct reasoning is a grand system of tautologies, but only God can make direct use of that fact."
"One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it."
"The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating, even awe-inspiring - but impersonal. It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it."
"Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature."
"Human knowledge has been changing from the word go and people in certain respects behave more rationally than they did when they didn't have it. They spend less time doing rain dances and more time seeding clouds."
"Learning is any change in a system that produces a more or less permanent change in its capacity for adapting to its environment."
"There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes."
"I don't care how big and fast computers are, they're not as big and fast as the world."
"Behaving like a manager means having command of the whole range of management skills and applying them as they become appropriate."
"Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational."



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