Psychology:-

This is part of my bibliography, intended to be accessed via the menu system of my blog – where it might make more sense. Otherwise, try searching on Kahneman.

It documents some rather odd beliefs on the part of academic psychologists, such as that:

  • Uncertainty is ‘nothing but’ a number
  • The axioms of mathematical decision theory are ‘axioms’ in the sense of unquestionable truths, rather than in the more mathematical sense of being the things that characterise the theory and which ought to be questioned before the theory is applied.
  • That it is ‘rational’ to take things at face value.
  • That there is a ‘rationality’ that can give precise answers to probability questions.
  • That certain rules of thumb, such as principles of indifference, should always be applied, at pain of being called ‘irrational’.

See, for example, Cohen’s irrationality.

See also rationality and uncertainty, e.g.:

Dave Marsay

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