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Limits of Scientific Reasoning

Limits of Scientific Reasoning by David Faust
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The study of human judgment and its limitations is essential to an understanding of the processes involved in the acquisition of scientific knowledge. With that end in mind, David Faust has made the first comprehensive attempt to apply recent research on human judgment to the practice of science. Drawing upon the findings of cognitive psychology, Faust maintains that human judgment is far more limited than we have tended to believe and that all individuals - scientists included - have a surprisingly restricted capacity to interpret complex information. Faust’s thesis implies that scientists do not perform reasoning tasks, such as theory evaluation, as well as we assume they do, and that there are many judgments the scientist is expected to perform but cannot because of restrictions in cognitive capacity.
University of Minnesota Press; November 1980
228 pages; ISBN 9780816682133
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Title: Limits of Scientific Reasoning
Author: David Faust; Paul E. Meehl