The Nature of Explanation by Kenneth Craik


  1. Craik was a leader in the development ophysiological psychology and cybernetics. “Here he considers thought as a term for the conscious working of a highly complex machine, viewing the brain as a calculating machine which can model or parallel external events, a process that is the basic feature of thought and explanation. He applies this view to a number of psychological and philosophical problems (such as paradox and illusion) and suggests possible experiments to test his theory.”

Key Takeaways

  1. The important feature of a concept is that it should be exact in the right way – ie true – not just internally precise 
  2. Science is not reality; it is a method of investigating reality 

What I got out of it

  1. Short, interesting read on how Craik thought about science, explanations, truth