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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
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.


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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This fascinating book is the capstone of one of the most important and original programs of research on reasoning in the last twenty years. Oaksford and Chater argue persuasively that human thinking Read more...

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