"Our rationality comes and goes, but from conception to death we are social animals, thriving only when shaped by others"

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RPittman's picture

Andy Crouch wrote:
For one thing, the "rational animal" of the Enlightenment is far less rational than it supposes. [emphasis added ] Emotion, peer pressure, past experience, stereotypes, and a thousand other hidden factors influence our reasoning.
This is one point that I've repeatedly tried to make in SI posts but it doesn't seem to come across. Perhaps Mr. Crouch said it better than I. Even so, perhaps some will sit up and take notice. Have you read the book, Aaron?

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No, I haven't read. Does sound interesting.
I don't think anybody here is denying that the "'rational animal' of the Enlightenment is far less rational than it supposes."

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