Informal fallacies as cognitive heuristics in public health reasoning

Cummings, L., 2014. Informal fallacies as cognitive heuristics in public health reasoning. Informal Logic, 34 (1), pp. 1-37. ISSN 0824-2577

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The public must make assessments of a range of health-related issues. However, these assessments require scientific knowledge which is often lacking or ineffectively utilized by the public. Lay people must use whatever cognitive resources are at their disposal to come to judgement on these issues. It will be contended that a group of arguments - so-called informal fallacies - are a valuable cognitive resource in this regard. These arguments serve as cognitive heuristics which facilitate reasoning when knowledge is limited or beyond the grasp of reasoners. The results of an investigation into the use of these arguments by the public are reported.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Informal Logic
Creators: Cummings, L.
Publisher: University of Windsor
Date: 2014
Volume: 34
Number: 1
ISSN: 0824-2577
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:14
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2015 12:36

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