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Rationality and the Reflective Mind$
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Keith Stanovich

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.001.0001

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The Key Functions of the Reflective Mind and the Algorithmic Mind that Support Human Rationality

The Key Functions of the Reflective Mind and the Algorithmic Mind that Support Human Rationality

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Rationality and the Reflective Mind
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Keith E. Stanovich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.003.0003

This chapter identifies the key operations of the algorithmic mind and the reflective mind that support human rationality. The key function of the algorithmic mind is to sustain the processing of decoupled secondary representations. Secondary representations are copies of primary representations that are not directly connected to input processes or output processes. It is argued that measures of fluid intelligence are in part indicating the ability to sustain such offline representations. The ability to sustain decoupled representations is critical to human rationality because it underlies hypothetical thinking—the simulation activities we use to synthesize a response that is better than the response primed by the autonomous mind. The reflective mind, in contrast, sends out the call to begin these types of activities—to interrupt autonomous processing and to begin simulation activities that will result in a response better than that computed by Type 1 autonomous mechanisms.

Keywords:   rationality, algorithmic mind, reflective mind, secondary representations, simulation

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