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Poznan Cognitivist Society Conference

April 21, 2008

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I’m on my way back from Poznan where the Polish Cognitivist Society Conference took place. The paper I presented – Racjonalność ograniczona, błędy systematyczne i przesądy – was a Polish language version of one of the talks I gave in Trondheim in January. Most of the talks at the conference were scheduled to be only […]

Good habits, better heuristics

March 31, 2008

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Here’s an abstract for a paper that I will present a couple of times this year, including at the European Conference of Analytical Philosophy in Krakow and at the Naturalism and Bounded Rationality workshop in Granada: Dual process theories of rationality that argue for the co-existence of mutually complementary analytical and intuitive cognitive processes have […]

Outline of In a Mirror, Darkly: How Superstitions Reflect Rationality

March 14, 2008

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As part of my report on what I have done at the KLI over the last few months I had to write an outline of the book I’m working on. This helped me to clarify some of my ideas while making it obvious to me what other things I still need to think a bit […]

Robert McCauley The naturalness of religion and the unnaturalness of science

February 3, 2008

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I have added to my blogroll a link to Robert McCauley’s website. McCauley is a philosopher that Joel Mort told me about a while ago. I have been reading a number of his paper and have just finished an article that was published back in 2000 in which McCauley argues that, despite its predilection for […]

Trondheim talks

January 23, 2008

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Gave the two talks in Trondheim. Here are some observations along with links to the PowerPoint files containing the slides. The first talk, Superstition as science, I gave last night. There was a group of about twenty people, most of whom were students of the philosophy department here. Unfortunately, the talk went a bit over time. […]

De Sousa on rationality

October 15, 2007

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I’ve just finished writing a review of de Sousa’s latest book Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind, which is an attempt to present a sketch of a naturalised non-reductionist account of reason. He manages to tie together an astounding amount of research though I am not altogether happy with the end result as I […]

What is this thing called superstition? – the outline

September 28, 2007

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Jahoda’s 1956 Psychology of Superstition remains an often referred to classic in the area. His ‘definition’ of superstition also remains relevant: “the kind of belief and action a reasonable man in present-day Western society would regard as being ‘superstitious’”. Of course, this is not so much definition as the honest avowal that we lack one […]