The imaginary fundamentalists: The unshocking truth about Bayesian cognitive science

Nick Chater, Noah Goodman, Thomas L. Griffiths, Charles Kemp, Mike Oaksford, Joshua B. Tenenbaum

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If Bayesian Fundamentalism existed, Jones & Love's (J&L's) arguments would provide a necessary corrective. But it does not. Bayesian cognitive science is deeply concerned with characterizing algorithms and representations, and, ultimately, implementations in neural circuits; it pays close attention to environmental structure and the constraints of behavioral data, when available; and it rigorously compares multiple models, both within and across papers. J&L's recommendation of Bayesian Enlightenment corresponds to past, present, and, we hope, future practice in Bayesian cognitive science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-196
Number of pages3
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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