By Aaron Blumer Jul 12 2011 Books & PublishingSocial ScienceCommon Grace and Amazing Grace: A Review of David Brooks’s ‘The Social Animal’ 918 reads There are 2 Comments Better said . . . . RPittman - Thu, 07/14/2011 - 10:20pm 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? Sounds interesting Aaron Blumer - Fri, 07/15/2011 - 9:32pm 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." Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.