Without more theory, psychology will be a headless rider

Type Journal Article
Author Witold M. Hensel
Author Marcin Miłkowski
Author Przemysław Nowakowski
URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0140525X21000212/type/journal_article
Volume 45
Pages e20
Publication Behavioral and Brain Sciences
ISSN 0140-525X, 1469-1825
Date 2022
Journal Abbr Behav Brain Sci
DOI 10.1017/S0140525X21000212
Accessed 2022-02-10 08:48:42
Library Catalog DOI.org (Crossref)
Language en
Abstract Abstract
We argue that Yarkoni's proposed solutions to the generalizability crisis are half-measures because he does not recognize that the crisis arises from investigators' underappreciation of the roles of theory in experimental research. Rather than embracing qualitative analysis, the research community should make an effort to develop better theories and work toward consistently incorporating theoretical results into experimental practice.

Source: Publications

Turing’s conceptual engineering

The next meeting of the seminar is planned for February, 17th, at 10:30 (AM Warsaw, CET). Our guest will be Marcin Miłkowski (IPS PAS). We will discuss a draft paper: Turing’s conceptual engineering.

Abstract: Alan Turing’s influence on subsequent research in artificial intelligence is undeniable. His proposed test for intelligence remains influential. In this paper, Turing’s conception of how to understand intelligence is analyzed as an instance of conceptual engineering that rejects the role of the previous linguistic usage but appeals to intuition pumps instead. Even though many conceive of his proposal as a prime case of operationalism or behaviorism, it is more plausibly viewed as a stepping stone toward a future theoretical construal of intelligence. In addition, his own conceptual network is analyzed through the lens of distributional semantics over the corpus of his written work. As it turns out, Turing’s conceptual engineering of the notion of “intelligence” is indeed quite similar to providing a precising definition with the aim of revising the usage of the concept.

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Turing’s conceptual engineering

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Source: Cognitive Science in Search of Unity