4. The Importance of Legitimacy and Flexible Activation
5. Self-Regulation and Overarching Goals
There are not two, but three speeds of transmission or of transformations
of sensory inputs into behavioral outputs: first, genome
encoding; second, learning; and third, flexible situational activation
of mental constructs, especially overarching goals. Gintis and
Helbing focus on the first two, and surely these two are important.
However, by completely neglecting the third speed, their
theory lacks the most important ingredient that would make a
microfoundational theory relevant for sociology.