HPS Papers

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Inference to the Best Explanation, Bayesianism, and Feminist Bank Tellers
Tversky and Kahneman performed a famous psychological experiment in which the subjects judged that a hypothetical person was more likely to be a feminist bank teller than a bank teller. Since all feminist bank tellers are bank tellers, this is a serious error. This paper argues that the error suggests that people reason using inference to the best explanation rather than Bayesianism.