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"Shorter John Quiggin: the word ‘rational’ has no meaning that cannot better be conveyed by some alternative term. Avoid it." http://crookedtimber.org/2005/10/14/rationality-repost/ http://crookedtimber.org/2011/09/24/the-poverty-of-rationality/
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2013 on Encouraging irrationality at Stumbling and Mumbling
"Kant would say that rationality requires us to always be moral". Yes but that is self-evidently false yes? Remember Kant was a racist and a (de facto if not explicitly de jure) imperialist so the fact that his own "rationality" did not lead to "morality" is relevant here. It also ignores the latest findings if neuroscience and cognitive science which demonstrate that Man (sic) is not rational, never has been, and never will be. (cf Joseph E. LeDoux and and Antonio Damasio). Almost all human behaviour is "irrational" looked at from some point of view or other. Who decides? The most aggressive "rationalists" at the moment are the American "skeptiks" and the "new atheists". Both these movements lean to the Right. There is a reason for this.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2013 on Encouraging irrationality at Stumbling and Mumbling
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