|What Makes Us Smart (Princeton University Press)|
|Friday, 19 November 2021|
This book, subtitled "The Computational Logic of Human Cognition", examines the paradox that human's are incredibly smart and stupid at the same time, with powerful and flexible perception, language, and reasoning but routinely committing errors. Samuel Gershman argues 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 limitations.
Framing human intelligence in terms of these constraints, Samuel Gershman shows how a deeper computational logic underpins the “stupid” errors of human cognition. Embarking on a journey across psychology, neuroscience, computer science, linguistics, and economics, Gershman presents unifying principles that govern human intelligence.
Author: Samuel Gershman
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