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The rational imagination : how people create alternatives to reality

Author: Ruth M J Byrne
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2005.
Series: Bradford book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A leading scholar in the psychology of thinking and reasoning argues that the counterfactual imagination--the creation of "if only" alternatives to reality--is guided by the same principles that  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Byrne, Ruth M.J.
Rational imagination.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2005
(DLC) 2004063262
(OCoLC)57349098
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth M J Byrne
ISBN: 9780262269629 0262269627 1423746996 9781423746997 0262524740 9780262524742
OCLC Number: 62879187
Language Note: English.
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 254 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. The counterfactual imagination --
2. Imagination and rational thought --
3. Imagining how actions might have been different --
4. Thinking about what should have happened --
5. Causal relations and counterfactuals --
6. ``Even if . . .'' --
7. The ``last chance'' --
8. Individuals and creative thoughts --
9. The idea of a rational imagination.
Series Title: Bradford book.
Responsibility: Ruth M.J. Byrne.

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