Models of Possibilities: From Conjuring Tricks to Disasters

Philip N. Johnson-Laird

in How We Reason

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199551330
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191701580 | DOI:
Models of Possibilities: From Conjuring Tricks to Disasters

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This chapter discusses models of possibilities. An example is given that shows a significant point: when humans think, humans think about what's possible. To be able to think about possibilities is an enviable ability. A model can comprise a real possibility, or one that is known to be imaginary or fictitious. Whenever there are alternative possibilities, cognition becomes harder whether in reasoning, planning, solving a problem, or in making a decision. In addition, the unconscious processes of reasoning are addressed.

Keywords: models of possibilities; humans; cognition; reasoning

Chapter.  4425 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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