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Two kinds of theory-laden cognitive processes: Distinguishing intransigence from dogmatism

  • Elias L. Khalil (a1)

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The brain is involved in theory-laden cognitive processes. But there are two different theory-laden processes. In cases where the theory is based on facts, more facts can either falsify or confirm a theory. In cases where the theory is about the choice of a benchmark or a standard, more facts can only make a theory either more or less warranted.

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Khalil, E. L. (1989) Adam Smith and Albert Einstein: The aesthetic principle of truth. History of Economics Society Bulletin 11(2):222–37.
Khalil, E. L. (2010) The Bayesian fallacy: Distinguishing internal motivations and religious beliefs from other beliefs. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 75(2):268–80. doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2010.04.004.

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