Wed Feb 13, 2013
234 Moses Hall, 6–8 PM
|Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Thomas Icard (Stanford University)
From Implicit to Explicit Belief
In this talk I will present a particular take on the computational theory of mind, focusing on the relationship between implicit and explicit belief. Drawing on recent ideas and results from cognitive science, I will argue that implicit belief is best understood in terms of higher-order logical representations governed by probabilistic – in particular Bayesian – dynamics. I will then explain how such representations give rise to explicit beliefs, whose qualitative dynamics need not be Bayesian, even ideally. Along the way, I will briefly discuss how this picture bears on some foundational questions about subjective probability.