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What Makes Us Smart: The Computational Logic of Human Cognition

Samuel Gershman


At the heart of human intelligence rests a fundamental puzzle: How are we incredibly smart and stupid at the same time? No existing machine can match the power and flexibility of human perception, language, and reasoning. Yet, we routinely commit errors that reveal the failures of our thought processes. This book makes sense of this paradox by arguing that our cognitive errors are not haphazard. Rather, they are the inevitable consequences of a brain optimized for efficient inference and decision making within the constraints of time, energy, and memory—in other words, data and resource limita ... More

Keywords: human cognition, human intelligence, cognitive errors, computational logic, inductive bias, approximation bias, computational errors, intelligent systems, human error

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780691205717
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691205717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Gershman, author
Harvard University