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Bayesian RationalityThe probabilistic approach to human reasoning$
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Mike Oaksford and Nick Chater

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524496.001.0001

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The rational analysis of mind: a dialogue

The rational analysis of mind: a dialogue

(p.263) Chapter 8 The rational analysis of mind: a dialogue
Bayesian Rationality

Mike Oaksford

Nick Chater

Oxford University Press

This book seeks to convince the reader that the project of developing a rational analysis of human reasoning based on probability theory has been fruitful, and that it has considerable promise in the future. But, in pursuit of a clear presentation of the authors’ main theses, they have left a range of puzzles and concerns outstanding. This final chapter takes the form of a dialogue between a sceptic and an advocate of the approach. The aim is to give an intuitive sense of the thinking underlying this book and its broader intellectual context, as well as stressing challenges for, and assumptions of, the approach. It hopes some readers may be intrigued enough to take part in the ongoing academic dialogue on rational analysis and human reasoning.

Keywords:   human reasoning, dialogue, sceptic, probability theory

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