Conversational experiments: some reflections on Sperber and Mercier (RCCR Summer Seminar Series)
Conversational experiments: some reflections on Sperber and Mercier
Kathryn Francis, Hamish Greening, Nat Hansen
Kathryn Francis is a Lecturer in Psychology, University of Keele, Nat Hansen is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading. Hamish Greening was Research Assistant on Hansen’s project ‘New Online Methods in Experimental Philosophy of Language’.
This seminar is part of The Reading Centre for Cognition Research’s 2021 Summer Seminar Series: Understanding ourselves and others: reasoning and rationality
The aim of this seminar series is to explore these newer approaches to reasoning and rationality, looking at cutting edge work in the area and asking what these moves might tell us about how we go about understanding the actions of others and ourselves.
A standard picture of humans as generally ordered and orderly thinkers has come under significant pressure in recent years, in particular from the work of Kahneman and others who have stressed our susceptibility to a range of cognitive traps (such as framing or bias). Although the claim commonly associated with this school of thought – that we are ‘predictably irrational’, in Ariely’s phrase – has been rejected by many, even those who seek to defend our status as good reasoners often suggest a more complex and potentially messy set of processes, mechanisms and features than those standardly appealed to in classic folk psychological approaches.
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