Part of the Oxford Cognitive Science Series Series
Are people rational? This question was central to Greek thought and has been at the heart of psychology and philosophy for millennia. This book provides a radical and controversial reappraisal of conventional wisdom in the psychology of reasoning, proposing that the Western conception of the mind as a logical system is flawed at the very outset. It argues that cognition should be understood in terms of probability theory, the calculus of uncertain reasoning, rather than in terms of logic, the calculus of certain reasoning.
|Publication date:||22nd February 2007|
|Author:||Mike (Professor of Psychology and Head of School, Birkbeck College London, UK) Oaksford, Nick (Professor of Cognitive a Chater|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Categories:||Intelligence & reasoning, Experimental psychology, Philosophy: logic, Philosophy of mind,|
Mike Oaksford is Professor of Psychology and Head of School at Birkbeck College London. He was a research fellow at the Centre for Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh, he was then lecturer at the University of Wales, Bangor, and senior lecturer at the University of Warwick, before moving to Cardiff University in 1996 as Professor of Experimental Psychology, a post he held until 2005. His research interests are in the area of human reasoning and decision making. In particular, with his colleague Nick Chater, he has been developing a Bayesian probabilistic approach to deductive reasoning tasks. According to this approach reasoning biases ...More About Mike (Professor of Psychology and Head of School, Birkbeck College London, UK) Oaksford, Nick (Professor of Cognitive a Chater