Intractability and the use of heuristics in psychological explanations
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SourceSynthese, 187, 2, (2012), pp. 471-487
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SW OZ DCC AI
SubjectCognitive artificial intelligence; DI-BCB_DCC_Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control
Many cognitive scientists, having discovered that some computationallevel characterization f of a cognitive capacity phi is intractable, invoke heuristics as algorithmic-level explanations of howcognizers compute f .We argue that such explanations are actually dysfunctional, and rebut five possible objections.We then propose computational-level theory revision as a principled and workable alternative.
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