The freak in all of us: Logical truth seeking without argumentation

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (2):75-76 (2011)
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Mercier and Sperber (M&S) sketch a bleak picture of logical reasoning in classic, nonargumentative tasks. I argue that recent processing data indicate that despite people's poor performance they at least seek to adhere to traditional logical norms in these tasks. This implies that classic reasoning tasks are less artificialthan M&S's framework suggests.



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