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This paper reports an empirical study of 109 randomly selected maintenance tasks in a large Norwegian software organization. When the maintainers had understood the maintenance task specifications, we asked whether they knew how to solve the task. A high confidence in knowing how to solve the task meant that the maintainers did not expect any major(More)
In this chapter, common biases in professionals’ judgement and decision-making, and how these deviations can be corrected, are explained. A principal reason for these decision biases is human beings cognitive limitations. Due to these limitations, simplifying strategies are often used, producing predictable biases. Emotional and motivational factors may(More)
Damasio (1994) claims that Descartes imagined thinking as an activity separate from the body, and that the effort to understand the mind in general biological terms was retarded as a consequence of Descartes' dualism. These claims do not hold; they are "Damasio's error". Descartes never considered what we today call thinking or cognition without taking the(More)
There are surprisingly strong connections between the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of mathematics. One particular important example can be seen in the Regulae (1628) of Descartes. In "the noblest example of all," he used his new abstract understanding of numbers to demonstrate how the brain can be considered as a symbol machine and how the(More)
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