Sunday, February 23, 2014

Paul Bloom: The War On Reason

This is worth a read if your fed up with Jonathan Haight-esque non-sequiturial hyperbole about alleged human irrationality.

Most importantly: it's important to recognize that failures of perfect rationality under odd conditions do not entail global irrationality. The usual suspects are hunting hard for weird results. It's not that some results aren't intriguing...but they're often poorly-justified and seldom a threat to the proposition that humans are sometimes to some extent rational. Um...and if you hoped for something more than humans are sometimes, to some extent, rational...well, you were, I'd say, hoping for something that flies in the face of facts we knew about well before modern psychology had anything to say about the matter...


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