Wednesday, November 17, 2004

A Plea for More Requests

For those of you who find my political rants irksome, or worse, I just wanted to let you know that two cognition posts or in the offing, one on creative cognition and one on the cognitive psychology of humor (by request). I also want to ask (nay, beg) for more requests. In the post-election blog atmosphere, I'm having trouble coming up with ideas for posts. If there's anything you'd like to read about, let me know. (Also, I haven't forgotten the connectionism request, but I'm writing something on representations right now, and I may either post a short version of that, or summarize the ideas in it, when I'm finished.)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does reasoning work? For example, from beliefs that P, and that P->Q, what causes us to then believe Q?

(Jonathan Ichikawa was recently asking about this, and I share his interest.)

Other stuff about the gap between normative logic and how people *actually* reason would be interesting too - ya know, all those fallacies and such that we fall for. 

Posted by Richard

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a tough one. It's really a whole host of questions. The sort of reasoning that Johnathan talks about in his examples (like the one about Al Sharpton) is closely related to counterfactual reasoning, which I've talked a bit about. The other question is about deductive reasoning (which, as philosohpers well know, is much different from counterfactual reasoning). Deductive reasoning has been widely studied for about 40 years in cognitive science, but I'll try to post on the high points sometime soon.

Just in case, the posts on counterfactuals are here and here. There's a paper about counterfactuals in deductive reasoning somewhere in my filing cabinet, too. I'll fish it out (I forget what findings it reported, but remember that I found it thoroughly uninteresting, but since I'm working on counterfactuals, it'd probably be good for me to revisit it anyway).

One more reference that you might find interesting is this paper titled "Thinking." It covers deductive, inductive, and analogical reasoning, along with mental simulation. The last two are closely related to Johnathan's first couple examples. The paper was published in the Annual Review of Psycholoogy, which is an excellent source for non-experts, especially philosophers, whose work is related to cognitive psychology but who don't have time to dive head first into the literature. 

Posted by Chris

Anonymous said...

If ever you run out of things to comment on, just find a book and do a running commentary. Usually it'll bring some things up. 

Posted by Clark Goble

Anonymous said...

One thing that might be interesting is something our subjective sense of time (I've had that on the brain since I recently wrote on Augustine on the subject, and have been wondering what the current research suggests on the specifics of how our sense of time works). 

Posted by Brandon

Anonymous said...

Brandon, cool idea. I'd actually been thinking about posting some stuff on time already. Do you have a link to your writing on Augustine on the topic? 

Posted by Chris

Anonymous said...

They're only tangentially related, since the subject at hand is slightly different (although Augustine does discuss our subjective sense of time as part of the discussion), and they're a set of older notes, so I'm not sure I would say everything the same way, but the first of the three posts is here:

Part I 

Posted by Brandon

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