What is Cognitive Science
A Non-Doxasticist, One-Factor Model of Delusions
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 12:00pm - 07:00pm
Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy
Pathological delusions, such as the Capgras delusion, the Cotard delusion, and the florid delusions that accompany schizophrenia, have a number of features that are curiously difficult to explain. Delusions are resistant to counterevidence and impervious to counterargument. They are theoretically, affectively, and behaviorally circumscribed; delusional individuals tend not to act on their delusions or draw appropriate inferences from the content of their delusions. Delusional individuals are occasionally able to distinguish their delusions from other beliefs, sometimes speaking of their "delusional reality." I offer a cognitive model that explains these features. Delusions are pathological acceptances that are caused by powerful and anomalous cognitive feelings.
"What is Cognitive Science?"
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