Fall 2016 Lectures and Seminars
On Thursday, November 10th at 4:30 pm, Karla Hoff, a Lead Economist in the World Bank's Development Research Group and Codirector of the World Development Report 2015, will give a talk for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab speaker series in 337 Cohen Hall.
Cognitive Unconscious and Human
(MIT Press, 2016)
Thursday, November 17th
337 Cohen Hall
This volume contributes to a current debate within the psychology of thought that has wide implications for our ideas about creativity, decision making, and economic behavior. The essays focus on the role of implicit, unconscious thinking in creativity and problem solving, the interaction of intuition and analytic thinking, and the relationship between communicative heuristics and thought. The analyses move beyond the conventional conception of mind informed by extra-psychological theoretical models toward a genuinely psychological conception of rationality—a rationality no longer limited to conscious, explicit thought, but able to exploit the intentional implicit level. The contributors consider a new conception of human rationality that must cope with the uncertainty of the real world; the implications of abandoning the normative model of classic logic and adopting a probabilistic approach instead; the argumentative and linguistic aspects of reasoning; and the role of implicit thought in reasoning, creativity, and its neurological base.