Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium

C. Stephens

Christopher Stephens
University of Oklahoma

"When is it Selectively Advantageous to Have True Beliefs?"

Several philosophers have argued that natural selection will favor reliable belief formation; others have been more skeptical. I develop a model to explore the functional utility of belief and desire formation mechanisms, and defend the claim that natural selection favors reliable inference methods in a broad, but not universal, range of circumstances.

Friday, January 18, 2002
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served