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Bayesian rationality : the probabilistic approach to human reasoning

Author: Mike Oaksfeld; Nick Chater
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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For almost 2,500 years, the Western concept of what is to be human has been dominated by the idea that the mind is the seat of reason - humans are, almost by definition, the rational animal. In this text a more radical suggestion for explaining these puzzling aspects of human reasoning is put forward.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Oaksfeld; Nick Chater
ISBN: 0198524501 9780198524502 0198524498 9780198524496
OCLC Number: 71163776
Description: pages cm
Contents: 1. Logic and the Western conception of mind ; 2. Rationality and rational analysis ; 3. Reasoning in the the real world: how much deduction is there? ; 4. The probabilistic turn ; 5. Does the exception prove the rule? How people reason with conditionals ; 6. Being economical with the evidence: collecting data and testing hypotheses ; 7. An uncertain quantity: how people reason with syllogisms ; 8. The rational analysis of mind: a dialogue
Responsibility: Mike Oaksfeld and Nick Chater.
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Suggesting that the Western conception of the mind as a logical system is flawed, this work re-appraises the conventional wisdom in the psychology of reasoning. It argues that cognition should be  Read more...

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