A thread! "In the heuristics-&-biases literature, the assumption was that rationality was necessary to make good decisions & solve problems effectively & that lack of rationality was evidence that the appearance of success was deceptive. 'Human agents can do so much better!' 1/6
In the fast-&-frugal heuristics literature, the suggestion was that problem-solving strategies that often result in the adoption of irrational beliefs can lead to success, due to the structure of the environment where agents operate. 'Human agents are doing well enough!' 2/6
A framework where some beliefs are epistemically innocent is a contribution to the rationality debate, an attempt at a reconciliation strategy. I challenge the idea that rationality & accuracy are the only epistemic values & that success is extraneous to epistemic evaluation. 3/6
In the book I argue that the claim that epistemic rationality is the only way to success is flawed, & so is the claim that success is always independent of epistemic rationality. Acquiring epistemically rational beliefs is in some circumstances a very demanding enterprise... 4/6
& may not be feasible when epistemic functionality is constrained by human cognitive limitations or severely disrupted by impairments in perception, learning, reasoning, & memory. However, recognizing that there are epistemically innocent beliefs can help us take measures to 5/6
... reduce the epistemic irrationality of our beliefs without negatively affecting the powerful boost to agency that some irrational beliefs provide. 'Human agents are doing OK and can do so much better!'" Extract from #EpistInnocence2020 6/6

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