March 26, 2007
Natural Rationality Conference
Thursday March 29, 2007, Room HH-357, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo.
9:45 “The Rationality of Gambling” , Kent Ly (University of Waterloo)
10:15 Question time
10:30 “Mechanistic Modeling and Bounded Rationality”, Adam Garetson (University of Waterloo)
11:00 Question time
11:15 End of conference
March 21, 2007
Notes are available here
• Naqvi, N., Shiv, B., & Bechara, A. (2006). The role of emotion in decision-making: A cognitive neuroscience perspective. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15(5), 260-264.
• Elster, J. (1994). Rationality, emotions, and social norms. Synthese, 98(1), 21-49.
March 13, 2007
Notes are here.
- Berridge, K. C. (2003). Irrational pursuits: Hyper-incentives from a visceral brain. In I. Brocas & J. Carrillo (Eds.), The psychology of economic decisions (pp. 17-40). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Churchland, P. M. (2006). Into the brain: Where philosophy should go from here. Topoi, V25(1), 29-32.
March 7, 2007
- Reading notes are here
- Sanfey, A. G., Loewenstein, G., McClure, S. M., & Cohen, J. D. (2006). Neuroeconomics: Cross-currents in research on decision-making. Trends in Cognitive Science, 10(3), 108-116.
February 28, 2007
Notes are here, and reading there:
• Clark, Andy (1996) Economic Reason: The Interplay of Individual Learning and External Structure, in J. Drobak and J. Nye (eds) The Frontiers Of The New Institutional Economics (Academic Press: San Diego, CA 1996) p. 269-290
February 14, 2007
Please note that our next meeting will be on March 1st, same hours, same room. Have a good reading week!
February 12, 2007
IMPORTANT: please note that this week’s meeting will be held on the departmental reading room (HH-335), on Tuesday (Feb.13) at 1pm.
February 12, 2007
7- Evolution and economic rationality
• Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (1994). Better than rational: Evolutionary psychology and the invisible hand. The American Economic Review, 84(2), 327-332.
• Richard Samuels & Stephen Stich, Rationality and Psychology, in Alfred Mele & Piers Rawling, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Rationality. Oxford Reference Library. (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 2004. Pp. 279-300
February 8, 2007
“Reply to Morton White,” (1998, 664-5):
Naturalization of epistemology does not jettison the normative and settle for the indiscriminate description of ongoing procedures. For me, normative epistemology is a branch of engineering. It is the technology of truth-seeking, or, in more cautiously epistemological term, prediction. Like any technology, it makes free use of whatever scientific findings may suit its purpose. It draws upon mathematics in computing standard deviation and probable error and in scouting the gambler’s fallacy. It draws upon experimental psychology in exposing perceptual illusions, and upon cognitive psychology in scouting wishful thinking. It draws upon neurology and physics, in a general way, in discounting testimony from occult or parapsychological sources. There is no question here of ultimate value, as in morals; it is a matter of efficacy for an ulterior end, truth or prediction. The normative here, as elsewhere in engineering, becomes descriptive when the terminal parameter is expressed.
(Pursuit of Truth, p.19).
Insofar as theoretical epistemology gets naturalised into a chapter of theoretical science, so normative epistemology gets naturalised into a chapter of engineering: the technology of anticipating sensory stimulation.
Quine, W. V. O. (1986). Reply to morton white. In L. E. Hahn & P. A. Schilpp (Eds.), The philosophy of WVO Quine (pp. 663-665). La Salle: Open Court.
Quine, W. V. O. (1990). Pursuit of truth. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.