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Model-Based Reasoning and Similarity in the World

  • Qiming Yu
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Abstract

Scientific reasoning is commonly regarded as the core problem in science studies. This paper suggests that model-based reasoning is an important part of scientific creativity. I approach this problem from the standpoint of the origin of human thinking and genetic epistemology to understand representative practices of scientists. I also argue that objective similarity in the world is what makes model-based reasoning a powerful tool.

Keywords

Mental Model Logical Thinking Scientific Reasoning Deductive Reasoning Human Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qiming Yu
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCentral University for NationalitiesBeijingChina

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