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Is there the sort of factor as an American homosexual culture--a set of types, values, and behaviors that arises now not from ethnicity or faith yet from sexual orientation? How is that tradition transmitted? and the way is it more likely to continue to exist the depradations of homophobia and AIDS? those questions are explored by means of Browning, a reporter for NPR.

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This "satisficing" model does not ensure a unique solution because the level of aspiration may change with the availability of information and the cost of search. As the number of alternatives perceived simultaneously increases, however, the satisficing model converges to a maximizing solution. Work by psychologists on what is sometimes called behavioral decision theory has also sought to provide a more accurate description of the process of choice. Unlike expected utility theory, it distinguishes between the external world and an individual's perception of it and reasoning about it.

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