PSY 311 (EC)
Rationality and Human Reasoning
Reaching belief and making decisions are two activities performed especially well by humans. Contemporary investigation distinguishes normative from descriptive questions about belief and decision. The former concern how our cognition ought to function; the latter, how it actually functions. Fundamental theories of belief and decision will be presented in the course, and discussed from both the normative and descriptive perspectives. Utility, logic, probability, and abduction will all be examined, with additional topics drawn from computability theory and from collective choice.
Sample reading list:
Hacking, Ian, An Introduction to Probability and Inductive Logic
Grandy, Richard and Osherson, Daniel, Sentential Logic Primer
In addition to reading (about 50 pages per week), there will be quizzes designed to ensure facility with basic, formal concepts, e.g., compound lottery, truth-assignment, probability distribution, learning rule. A brief term paper is also required.
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Not Open to Freshmen.
|20535||L01||10:00 am - 10:50 am||M W||Green Hall 0S6||Enrolled:57 Limit:80|
|P01||9:00 am - 9:50 am||Th||Wallace Social Science 006||Enrolled:13 Limit:15|
|P02||10:00 am - 10:50 am||Th||Wallace Social Science 006||Enrolled:13 Limit:15|
|P03||11:00 am - 11:50 am||Th||Wallace Social Science 006||Enrolled:13 Limit:15|
|P04||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||F||Green Hall 0-N-2||Enrolled:10 Limit:15|
|P05||2:30 pm - 3:20 pm||F||Green Hall 0-N-2||Enrolled:7 Limit:15|
|P06||3:30 pm - 4:20 pm||F||Green Hall 0-N-2||Enrolled:1 Limit:15|