Spontaneous inferences provide intuitive beliefs on which reasoning proper depends

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (2):90-91 (2011)
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Spontaneous inferences are unconscious, automatic, and apparently ubiquitous. Research has documented their variety (particularly in the social domain) and impact on memory and judgment. They are good candidates for Mercier and Sperber's (M&S's) Forming spontaneous inferences is highly context sensitive, varying with the perceiver's conscious and unconscious goals, and implicit and explicit theories about the domain in question



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