Logic and thought

Minds and Machines 7 (3):365-385 (1997)
Rips, in The Psychology of Proof, argues that, through the processes of evolution, logic (e.g., modus ponens) has become established in the human mind as the basis for thinking, and that production systems rest on this foundation. In this paper we defend the converse argument that, through evolution, a production system architecture has become the basis for human thinking, and that formal logics rest on this production system and the accompanying mechanisms for recognition and search. It is through the “automaticity” of the execution of productions that we experience the compellingness of deductive arguments.
Keywords formal logic  logic and thought  production systems  inference rules  natural deduction  tautologies
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DOI 10.1023/A:1008299628430
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