[xmca] Psychology and formalization

From: Jorge Fernando Larreamendy Joerns <jlarream who-is-at uniandes.edu.co>
Date: Tue Jul 22 2008 - 11:35:53 PDT

Hi, all,
I've been reading these days some of Edward Tolman's work trying to
trace some points of departure that preceded the cognitive revolution.
It's a fascinating work. One of the most striking features of Tolman's
prose is Tolman's attempt to phrase theories in a formal manner,
either logical or mathematical, and attempt that is strengthened by
the molecular kind of concepts and phenomenic distinctions he draws.
Certainly, formalization is, as Baudrillard suggested, concurrent to
attempts to mathematize reality, to model it, a cornerstone of modern
science. And psychology is full of examples, some of them successful,
some of them failed, from Hull's learning theory to Estes' notions of
statistical learning, from John Anderson's production systems to
recent theorization on causal learning as a Bayesian net or
development as a dynamic system. What's the take of cultural
psychology on formalizing phenomena? That is, beyond the use of mere
pictorial representations or the use of statistics on aggregate data.
It seems to me that it's even an interesting issue with regard to
Vygotsky, who certainly had the intellectual means and the
mathematical and logical resources to have taken that road.


Jorge Larreamendy

Jorge Larreamendy-Joerns
Profesor Asociado y Director
Departamento de Psicología
Universidad de los Andes
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