Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule our Minds


Authors: 
Piattelli-Palmarini, M.
Type: 
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Year: 
1994
Publisher: 
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Place: 
New York
Abstract: 

This book proposes to set out the recent scientific discovery of an unconscious. Not the unconscious or subconscious explored by psychoanalysis, but one that always and unbeknownst to us involves the cognitive: that is, the world of reason, of judgment, of the choices to be made among different opportunities, of the difference between what we consider probably and what we consider unlikely. The material we deal with in this book derives from wherever we make decisions "under uncertainty." In short, our examples are based on phenomena found almost anywhere, in almost anyone, and just about at any moment. Chapters include: Probability Illusions, Calculating the Unknown, or Bayes' Law; The Fallacy of Near Certainty, and The Principle of Identity and the Psychology of Typicality.

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