An Invitation to Cognitive Science: Thinking by Edward E. Smith, Daniel N. Osherson

By Edward E. Smith, Daniel N. Osherson

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2 was constructed by a systematic procedure developed by Shepard (1962). 2 A two-dimensional space for representing the similarity relations among 20 instances of fruit and the category of fruit itself. 2). The similarity ratings were then input to a computer program that used an iterative procedure to position the items in a space (predetermined to have a certain dimensionality) so that the metric distance between items corresponded as closely as possible to the (inverse of) judged similarity between the items.

This concentration on rationality is continued in chapter 3, which deals with choice, the means by which we decide among options. Chapter 4 presents a developmental perspective on selected issues in concepts and reasoning, particularly on whether development involves qualitative changes in the nature of our concepts. Chapter 5 offers another perspective, that of cultural variations in cognition. Here the focus is on concepts of biological kinds and how they figure in inductive reasoning. Chapter 6, last in the concepts and reasoning section, provides still another perspective, that of philosophy of mind.

To determine the entries for bird, a feature was assigned a + only if a majority of the instances had a + for that feature. " It is an abstraction about birds; it includes the frequent, salient features of birds, but does not tell us what features, if any, are essential for being a bird. 3 to bird (the prototype). In making Page 17 the calculations (given at the foot of the table), it was assumed that (1) all features are equally salient (that is, f assigns a value of 1 to each feature, which means that the salience of a set of common or distinctive features is simply the number of features it includes), and (2) common and distinctive features count equally.

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