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The Ghost of a Flea2/25/2020 12:33:57 pm PST

re: #60 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I read about a theory that our human sense of “logic” is more about winning arguments in social settings than in divining the objective truth. Which goes a way toward explaining why rhetoric and style are so important and why “pure science” seems so abstract and foreign to us.

I don’t even know how to talk about this without going and getting several PhDs and then righting a book, but…

We are raised with a cultural understanding of the mind that we are primarily rational and capable of discerning reality. It’s a hash of Enlightenment and Greek ideas about what a mind is and what an individual is.

But…do people behave that way?

I would answer no. I would say that the assembled body of study on human behavior says no. I would say that the successes of leaders, and con men, and ad people all postulate things about human behavior not being rational. I would say the consistency of what dysfunction looks like is suggestive that we think heuristically and cognition is constantly adjusting and seeking cues from other people and from culture.