Data and Irrationality

The Rationality of Irrationality

When I adopted rationality more than a decade ago, discovering that the only intelligent way to go through life was to base decisions on the preponderance of evidence, critically attacking ideas to improve thinking, and working to constantly remove assumptions from my analysis, it was akin to the conversion of Saul in Acts 9:18; scales falling from my eyes and seeing the world for how it really was for the first time.  I never anticipated how painful it would be to see others remaining behind in Plato’s cave given my natural inclination to teach and help people.  Even reading the articles on news stories can be unpleasant.