The importance of rationality

4. Rationality
In the 21st century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding — and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that discovered vaccines for COVID-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, quack cures, and conspiracy theories?اضافة اعلان

In Rationality, Pinker rejects the cynical cliché that humans are simply an irrational species. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and set the benchmarks for rationality itself.

Instead, he explains, we think in ways that suit the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning we have built up over millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, causal inference, and decision-making under uncertainty.

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