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Herbert Alexander Simon was an author, economist, political scientist and cognitive psychologist who won multiple awards like the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, National Medal of Science for Behavioral and Social Science, Turing Award, IJCAI Award for Research Excellence, John von Neumann Theory Prize, Josiah Willard Gibbs Lectureship, William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement and Harold Pender Award.

Herbert A. Simon’s work can be summarized by his theories of bounded rationality and satisficing. Some of the popular books by Herbert A. Simon includes The Sciences of the Artificial, Models of My Life, Administrative Behavior, Models of Thought, Reason in Human Affairs, Human Problem Solving, Public Administration and others.

Here are some of the best and famous Herbert A. Simon quotes on education, design and economics:

Best Herbert A. Simon Quotes

Best Herbert A. Simon Quotes

1. The intelligent altruists, though less altruistic than unintelligent altruists, will be fitter than both unintelligent altruists and selfish individuals. -Herbert A. Simon

2. 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. -Herbert A. Simon

3. The situation has provided a cue; this cue has given the expert access to information stored in memory, and the information provides the answer. Intuition is nothing more and nothing less than recognition. -Herbert A. Simon

4. Only people who believe deeply and almost fanatically in a dream can struggle so hard with inner doubt and conflict, and without losing, in the presence of frequent disagreement on particulars, a deep sense of purpose and mutual respect. -Herbert A. Simon

5. In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

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6. Artificial intelligence has had much the same effect as Darwin‘s theory. Both aroused in some people anxieties about their own uniqueness, value and worth. -Herbert A. Simon

7. To make interesting scientific discoveries, you should acquire as many good friends as possible who are energetic, intelligent and knowledgeable as they can be. You will find all the programs you need are stored in your friends, and will execute productively and creatively as long as you don’t interfere too much. -Herbert A. Simon

8. No one has characterized market mechanisms better than Friederich von Hayek who, in the decades after World War II, was their leading interpreter and defender. His defense did not rest primarily upon the supposed optimum attained by them but rather upon the limits of the inner environment—the computational limits of human beings. -Herbert A. Simon

9. An artifact can be thought of as a meeting point—an “interface” in today’s terms—between an “inner” environment, the substance and organization of the artifact itself, and an “outer” environment, the surroundings in which it operates. If the inner environment is appropriate to the outer environment, or vice versa, the artifact will serve its intended purpose. -Herbert A. Simon

10. It should not be supposed that every advance in human knowledge increases the amount of information that has to be mastered by professionals. On the contrary, some of the most important progress in science is the discovery and testing of powerful new theories that allow large numbers of facts to be subsumed under a few general principles. There is a constant competition between the elaboration of knowledge and its compression into more parsimonious form by theories. Hence it is not safe to say that the professional chemist must learn more today than a half century ago, before the general laws of quantum mechanics were announced. -Herbert A. Simon

Famous Herbert A. Simon Quotes

Famous Herbert A. Simon Quotes

11. One finds limits by pushing them. -Herbert A. Simon

12. The boundary between knowledge and skill is subtle. -Herbert A. Simon

13. A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention. -Herbert A. Simon

14. Enlightenments, like accidents, happen only to prepared minds. -Herbert A. Simon

15. It gets easier, not harder, to administer as you move upward in an organization. -Herbert A. Simon

16. Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational. -Herbert A. Simon

17. Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones. -Herbert A. Simon

18. Although the future is not predictable in any detail, it is manageable as an aggregate phenomenon.

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19. The proper study of mankind is the science of design. -Herbert A. Simon

20. You do not change people’s minds by defeating them with logic. -Herbert A. Simon

21. In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program; all else is prophecy. -Herbert A. Simon

22. The great enemy of foreign language learning is a sense of shame, an inability or unwillingness to become like a child again and let one’s inadequacies show. -Herbert A. Simon

23. All behavior involves conscious or unconscious selection of particular actions out of all those which are physically possible to the actor and to those persons over whom he exercises influence and authority. -Herbert A. Simon

24. People have to be motivated to contribute to the society, to produce. At the same time, they have to be protected if they are unable to take care of themselves. If the first is more important you’re a Republican the second Democrat. -Herbert A. Simon

25. An entrepreneur is a broker between ideas and resources. This is not confined to business; it is at least as much at home in academia. Faculty members write their dreams of undiscovered truths in research proposals addressed persuasively to foundations and government agencies. -Herbert A. Simon

Herbert A. Simon Education Quotes

Herbert A. Simon Education Quotes

26. Anything you cannot communicate without reading will be forgotten instantly. -Herbert A. Simon

27. Students don’t learn by being lectured at; then learn by thinking hard, solving problems and dissecting proofs. -Herbert A. Simon

28. Teaching is not entertainment, but it is unlikely to be successful unless it is entertaining (the more respectable word is interesting.) -Herbert A. Simon

29. There is no use in lecturing unless a class is listening. And they will only listen if you are saying something they think they can understand and seems relevant. If you pace up and down you can tell from their moving head whether they are following you. -Herbert A. Simon

30. We measure our success not only by the quality of teaching and research on our own campus, but by our influence on intellectual and educational trends in the nation and internationally.

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31. Students are prepared to tolerate any other form of incompetence in an instructor, but not hostility. -Herbert A. Simon

32. Money does not guarantee excellence. Although university salaries and faculty quality are correlated, the correlation is far from perfect. -Herbert A. Simon

33. Coverage of material is a snare and a delusion. You begin where students are prepared to begin; and you carry them as far as you can without losing them. -Herbert A. Simon

34. How does one instill curiosity? Without it this ‘educational’ process is a continual struggle between a student who is trying to get by and a teacher who is trying to catch him at it, neither profiting. -Herbert A. Simon

35. The greatest asset of the university has been its capacity for innovation. That capacity, in turn, rests partly on its traditions of small size, weak interdepartmental boundaries, and solid administrative support (or at least hunting licenses) for entrepreneurial undertakings. -Herbert A. Simon