A Rational Renaissance

“Clever” is something of a catchall word. According to Dictionary.com, it has the following meanings, among others: 1. mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able. … 3. showing inventiveness or originality; ingenious: We all know of clever people from human history. People like Plato, Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, and Isaac Newton. We also know many clever people from our daily lives. …

Proverbs

As children, we’re taught that we should “walk a mile in another man’s shoes” before we judge him. This is admirable advice, to be sure. However, I can’t help thinking that this advice isn’t as effective as it might have been. In my last post, I discussed fundamental attribution error: …

A Rational Future

What if the only thing holding us back from being more rational was our weak understanding of what it means to be rational? We all have some idea of what rationality is, but it’s only a vague idea. For the vast majority of us, rationality is a fuzzy concept, like …