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Western MA.ASH: Atheist - Secular - Humanist Message Board › Are we Rational? Here's an interesting checklist

Are we Rational? Here's an interesting checklist

user 34406092
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Easthampton, MA
Post #: 2
At the last discussion, there was a tangent about the extent to which we should view ourselves as "rational" thinkers. The conversation went from examples of personal limitations (i.e. cognitive dissonance, cognitive biases) to humanity's potential to transform itself (i.e. Transhumanism). I thought this "rationality checklist" conveyed an interesting perspective: being rational isn't a permanent state or an inherent characteristic. It's something everyone can work on and improve about themselves.

A former member
Post #: 19
On this topic, here is the book that got mentioned about Cognitive Dissonance Theory:
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

Also, I wanted to add one I found recently that challenged my thinking a lot:
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
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