Extending Rationality

AbstractSince antiquity, we have wondered about the foundations of our (apparent) intellectual superiority. A way to approach this issue is to seek rational standards in decision making and examine convergence between such standards and behavior. However, establishing a rational framework is not straightforward. One of the most unique contributions of cognitive science is the varied perspectives it has provided for rationality. With many recent advances in decision theory (including novel techniques in probabilistic inference and sophisticated frameworks for heuristics-driven reasoning), it is particularly timely to reevaluate rational standards and our assumptions regarding rational behavior. This is the purpose of this interdisciplinary symposium, bringing together expertise in psychology, computer science, mathematics, physics, and philosophy of mind.

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