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Not so fast, and not so easy: Essentialism doesn't emerge from a simple heuristic

  • Nick Braisby (a1)

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Cimpian & Salomon's (C&S's) proposal comes unstuck on precisely the claim that inherence is an heuristic, able to deliver simple, shallow outputs that are right most of the time. Instead, the inherence heuristic delivers outputs that imply it is not an heuristic after all, and is simply too fast and too easy a mechanism to do the job of explaining categorisations.

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Not so fast, and not so easy: Essentialism doesn't emerge from a simple heuristic

  • Nick Braisby (a1)

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