The Enigma Of Reason

The Enigma of Reason
Publisher Harvard University Press
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Category Philosophy
Total Pages 408
ISBN 9780674368309
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that reason is not geared to solitary use. It evolved to help justify our beliefs to others, evaluate their arguments, and better exploit our uniquely rich social environment.

The Enigma of Reason
  • Author : Hugo Mercier,Dan Sperber
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-04-17

If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that reason is not geared to solitary use. It evolved to help justify our beliefs to others, evaluate their

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The Enigma of Reason
  • Author : Hugo Mercier
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-04-17

If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that reason is not geared to solitary use. It evolved to help justify our beliefs to others, evaluate their

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The Enigma of Reason
  • Author : Dan Sperber,Hugo Mercier
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2017-04-06

GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017 'Original and provocative ... likely to have a big impact on our understanding of ourselves' Steven Pinker 'Mercier and Sperber offer a surprising and powerful response to the new orthodoxy propounded by Kahneman and Tversky ... arguing that the supposed flaws of hot, fast, automatic thinking are

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Not Born Yesterday
  • Author : Hugo Mercier
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28

Why people are not as gullible as we think Not Born Yesterday explains how we decide who we can trust and what we should believe—and argues that we're pretty good at making these decisions. In this lively and provocative book, Hugo Mercier demonstrates how virtually all attempts at mass

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How We Reason
  • Author : Philip Nicholas Johnson-Laird
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2006

Good reasoning can lead to success; bad reasoning can lead to catastrophe. Yet, it's not obvious how we reason, and why we make mistakes - so much of our mental life goes on outside our awareness. In recent years huge strides have been made into developing a scientific understanding ofreasoning.

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Meaning and Relevance
  • Author : Deirdre Wilson,Dan Sperber
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-03-22

When people speak, their words never fully encode what they mean, and the context is always compatible with a variety of interpretations. How can comprehension ever be achieved? Wilson and Sperber argue that comprehension is a process of inference guided by precise expectations of relevance. What are the relations between

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The Pursuit of Victory
  • Author : Hugo Mercier
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2006-06-29

The starting point of Roger Knight's magnificent new biography is to explain how Nelson achieved such extraordinary success. Knight places him firmly in the context of the Royal Navy at the time. He analyses Nelson's more obvious qualities, his leadership strengths and his coolness and certainty in battle, and also

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The Enigma of Clarence Thomas
  • Author : Corey Robin
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24

The Enigma of Clarence Thomas is a groundbreaking revisionist take on the Supreme Court justice everyone knows about but no one knows. Most people can tell you two things about Clarence Thomas: Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, and he almost never speaks from the bench. Here are some

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Alan Turing  The Enigma
  • Author : Andrew Hodges
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-11-10

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and

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Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation
  • Author : Frank Fischer,Clark A. Chinn,Katharina Engelmann,Jonathan Osborne
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-06-13

Competence in scientific reasoning is one of the most valued outcomes of secondary and higher education. However, there is a need for a deeper understanding of and further research into the roles of domain-general and domain-specific knowledge in such reasoning. This book explores the functions and limitations of domain-general conceptions

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Denying to the Grave
  • Author : Sara E. Gorman,Lieber Professor and Vice-Chair for Research Department of Psychiatry College of Physicians and Surgeons Jack M Gorman, M.D.
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-01

Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some people keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use antibiotics for illnesses they cannot possibly alleviate? When it comes to health, many people insist that science is wrong,

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The Enigma Game
  • Author : Elizabeth Wein
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-11-03

A stunning new historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Wein, featuring a beloved character from the award-winning Code Name Verity; for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. A German soldier risks his life to drop off the sought-after Enigma Machine to British Intelligence, hiding

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Thinking  Reasoning  and Decision Making in Autism
  • Author : Kinga Morsanyi,Ruth M.J. Byrne
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-10-11

Thinking and Reasoning in Autism provides fresh insights into the cognitive processes that underlie some of the typical characteristics of autism. Autism has long been considered an enigma, and no single theory so far has been able to explain, or even fully describe, the key characteristics of the autistic mind.

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The Enigma of Arrival
  • Author : V. S. Naipaul
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2018-08-21

The autobiographical novel of a journey from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside of England.

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Conceptualizing Politics
  • Author : Furio Cerutti
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-04-21

Politics is hugely complex. Some try to reduce its complexity by examining it through an ideological worldview, a one-size-fits-all prescriptive formula or a quantitative examination of as many 'facts' as possible. Yet politics cannot be adequately handled as if it were made of cells and particles: ideological views are oversimplifying

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