Various Venues
Seminar
  US Mountain Time
Speaker: 
Dan Sperber (Central European University)

Rethinking Human Reason - Dan Sperber (Central European University)

 

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Abstract:  I'll argue that the function of reason is not individual but social. It is not to enhance individual cognition and decision-making but to produce reasons to justify oneself, convince others, and evaluate reasons given by others for the same purposes. Reason is not domain-general, it is a specialized mechanism of metarepresentational inference about reasons with only indirect and virtual domain-generality. Our approach suggests a novel account of the evolution of reason. It explains the prevalence of the confirmation bias and of other apparent flaws of reason. It yields original and testable predictions.

Purpose: 
Research Collaboration
SFI Host: 
Helena Miton