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Poznan Cognitivist Society Conference

April 21, 2008


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]