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1. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

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Author : Jane Austen
Source : Persuasion

2. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”

Tags : Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Equality Feminism Flattery Gender Hypocrisy Independence Men Misogyny Rationality Reason Self Determination Self Sufficiency Social Norms Stereotypes Strength Women Women S Rights
Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

3. “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”

Tags : Foolishness Rationality Reason Sense Stupidity Understanding
Author : Euripides
Source : The Bacchae

4. “One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”

Tags : Emotions Heart Insanity Love Rationality Reason

5. “A narrow hallway is all that separates rational from irrational, creativity from insanity, and intelligence from stupidity.”

Tags : Creativity Imagination Imagination Quotes Insane Insanity Intelligence Irrational Irrationality Rational Rationality Stupidity
Source : Dead Toad Scrolls

6. “A Christian telling an atheist they're going to hell is as scary as a child telling an adult they're not getting any presents from Santa.”

Tags : Atheism Christianity Comedy Humor Humour Rationality Religion Scepticism Skepticisim
Author : Ricky Gervais

7. “Does a man of sense run after every silly tale of hobgoblins or fairies, and canvass particularly the evidence? I never knew anyone, that examined and deliberated about nonsense who did not believe it before the end of his enquiries.”

Tags : Belief Enquiry Evidence Fairy Tales Nonsense Rationality Reason Scepticism Skepticism Superstition
Author : David Hume
Source : Letters of David Hume 2 vols

8. “Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”

Tags : Agreement Compliments Discussion Disdain Intelligence Opposition Rationality Reason
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Sense and Sensibility

9. “And thus, the actions of life often not allowing any delay, it is a truth very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine the most true opinions we ought to follow the most probable.”

Tags : Logic Rationality Truth Wisdom
Source : Discourse on Method

10. “Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.”

Tags : Rationality Rushdie Writing

11. “The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”

Tags : Atheism Critical Thinking Freedom Freedom Of Speech Honesty Manipulation Offense Opinions Rationality Religion Society
Author : Brian Cox

12. “The passion for revenge should never blind you to the pragmatics of the situation. There are some people who are so blighted by their past, so warped by experience and the pull of that silken cord, that they never free themselves of the shadows that live in the time machine...And if there is a kind thought due them, it may be found contained in the words of the late Gerald Kersh, who wrote:"... there are men whom one hates until a certain moment when one sees, through a chink in their armour, the writhing of something nailed down and in torment.”

Tags : Rationality Realism Revenge
Source : The Essential Ellison: A 50 Year Retrospective

13. “Happiness is not to be achieved at the command of emotional whims. Happiness is not the satisfaction of whatever irrational wishes you might blindly attempt to indulge. Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy—a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind's fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer. Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions.”

Tags : Happiness Rationality Values
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Atlas Shrugged

14. “When...did it become irrational to dislike religion, any religion, even to dislike it vehemently? When did reason get redescribed as unreason? When were the fairy stories of the superstitious placed above criticism, beyond satire? A religion was not a race. It was an idea, and ideas stood (or fell) because they were strong enough (or too weak) to withstand criticism, not because they were shielded from it. Strong ideas welcomed dissent.”

Tags : Criticism Dissent Rationality Reason Religion Satire
Source : Joseph Anton: A Memoir

15. “In the Hindu religion, one can[not] have freedom of speech. A Hindu must surrender his freedom of speech. He must act according to the Vedas. If the Vedas do not support the actions, instructions must be sought from the Smritis, and if the Smritis fail to provide any such instructions, he must follow in the footsteps of the great men. He is not supposed to reason. Hence, so long as you are in the Hindu religion, you cannot expect to have freedom of thought”

Tags : Freedom Of Speech Freedom Of Thought Great Men Hinduism Puranas Rationality Religion Smritis Vedas
Author : B.R. Ambedkar

16. “Your strength as a rationalist is your ability to be more confused by fiction than by reality. If you are equally good at explaining any outcome, you have zero knowledge.”

Tags : Anticipation Rationality Reality Thinking

17. “Reality is, you know, the tip of an iceberg of irrationality that we've managed to drag ourselves up onto for a few panting moments before we slip back into the sea of the unreal.”

Tags : Irrationality Rationality Reality Science Ufos Unreality

18. “Well, pray if you like, only you'd do better to use your judgment.”

Tags : Rationality Religion
Author : Leo Tolstoy
Source : War and Peace

19. “With a philosophy education, one can infuriate his peers, intimidate his date, think of obscure, unreliable ways to make money, and never regret a thing.”

Tags : Balance Composure Contentment Education Education System Freedom Freedom Of Thought Funny Funny But True Humor Mind Peace Peace Of Mind Philosophy Rationality Regrets Social Social Norms Sociality Thinking Thought Unstoppable Unstoppable Force
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

20. “Those who make conversations impossible, make escalation inevitable.”

Tags : Bravery Censorship Courage Critical Thinking Debate Discussions Freedom Freedom Of Expression Freedom Of Speech Freedom Of Thought Knowledge Objectivism Pc Philosophy Political Correctness Psychology Rationality Relationships Safe Space Self Knowledge Sick Society Trigger Trigger Warning

21. “Since knowledge, thinking, and rational action are properties of the individual, since the choice to exercise his rational faculty or not depends on the individual, man’s survival requires that those who think be free of the interference of those who don’t. Since men are neither omniscient nor infallible, they must be free to agree or disagree, to cooperate or to pursue their own independent course, each according to his own rational judgment. Freedom is the fundamental requirement of man’s mind.A rational mind does not work under compulsion; it does not subordinate its grasp of reality to anyone’s orders, directives, or controls; it does not sacrifice its knowledge, its view of the truth, to anyone’s opinions, threats, wishes, plans, or “welfare.” Such a mind may be hampered by others, it may be silenced, proscribed, imprisoned, or destroyed; it cannot be forced; a gun is not an argument. (An example and symbol of this attitude is Galileo.)It is from the work and the inviolate integrity of such minds—from the intransigent innovators—that all of mankind’s knowledge and achievements have come. (See The Fountainhead.) It is to such minds that mankind owes its survival. (See Atlas Shrugged.)”

Tags : Freedom Individual Rationality
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

22. “To want to tackle everything rationally is irrational.”

Tags : Emotion Kassam Logic Rationality Reminiscence Thought
Author : Ilyas Kassam
Source : Reminiscence of the Present: Spiritual Encounters of the Analytically Insane

23. “Action is the activity of the rational soul, which abhors irrationality and must combat it or be corrupted by it. When it sees the irrationality of others, it must seek to correct it, and can do this either by teaching or engaging in public affairs itself, correcting through its practice. And the purpose of action is to enable philosophy to continue, for if men are reduced to the material alone, they become no more than beasts.”

Tags : Action Body Civilization Continuance Mankind Materialism Mind Philosophy Rationality Reason
Author : Iain Pears
Source : The Dream of Scipio

24. “I have no great fondness for the universe, but I do live there”

Tags : Humor Rationality
Source : Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

25. “You cannot connect with anyone except through reality.”

Tags : Connection Delusion Friendship People Philosophy Psychology Rationality Relations Relationships

26. “He remembered having said to his uncle (with a solemn dogmatism better befitting a much younger man): "Surely it is possible to love with the head as well as the heart." Mr. Delagardie had replied, somewhat drily: "No doubt; so long as you do not end by thinking with your entrails instead of your brain.”

Tags : Love Rationality Wit
Source : Busman's Honeymoon

27. “Then you get the wrong answer and you can't go to the Moon that way! Nature isn't a person, you can't trick them into believing something else, if you try to tell the Moon it's made of cheese you can argue for days and it won't change the Moon! What you're talking about is rationalization, like starting with a sheet of paper, moving straight down to the bottom line, using ink to write 'and therefore, the Moon is made of cheese', and then moving back up to write all sorts of clever arguments above. But either the Moon is made of cheese or it isn't. The moment you wrote the bottom line, it was already true or already false. Whether or not the whole sheet of paper ends up with the right conclusion or the wrong conclusion is fixed the instant you write down the bottom line.”

Tags : Harry Potter Methods Of Rationality Rationality Science
Source : Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

28. “Poor Hayduke: won all his arguments but lost his immortal soul.”

Tags : Evil Good Rationality
Author : Edward Abbey
Source : The Monkey Wrench Gang

29. “Some information is classified legitimately; as with military hardware, secrecy sometimes really is in the national interest. Further, military, political, and intelligence communities tend to value secrecy for its own sake. It's a way of silencing critics and evading responsibility - for incompetence or worse. It generates an elite, a band of brothers in whom the national confidence can be reliably vested, unlike the great mass of citizenry on whose behalf the information is presumably made secret in the first place. With a few exceptions, secrecy is deeply incompatible with democracy and with science.”

Tags : Government Rationality Science Skepticism
Author : Carl Sagan

30. “Now that science has helped us to overcome the awe of the unknown in nature, we are the slaves of social pressures of our own making. When called upon to act independently, we cry for patterns, systems, and authorities. If by enlightenment and intellectual progress we mean the freeing of man from superstitious belief in evil forces, in demons and fairies, in blind fate--in short, the emancipation from fear--then denunciation of what is currently called reason is the greatest service reason can render.”

Tags : Calculation Humanity Philosophy Progress Rationality Science
Source : Eclipse of Reason

31. “The sexual mechanisms of the two genders are just not compatible, that’s the horrible truth of it. (...)This is a truth we dare not acknowledge these days - because sameness is our religion and heretics are no more welcome now than they ever were - but I’m going to acknowledge it, because I’ve always felt that humility before the facts is the only thing that keeps a rational man together. Be humble in the face of facts, and proud in the face of opinions, as George Bernard Shaw once said. He didn’t, actually. I just wanted to put some authority behind this observation of mine, because I know you’re not going to like it.”

Tags : Humility Rationality Sex
Author : Hugh Laurie
Source : The Gun Seller

32. “When confronted by a ‘believer’ it is easy for me to contrast the views of the skeptic with those of the rationalist. I simply reach into my pocket and pull out my change.Holding a quarter aloft, I say, ‘This is a most remarkable coin, for it is heavier than all the sins of humanity committed since the beginning of the human race.’I then hold up a nickel and say, ‘This coin is even more amazing, as it is brighter and shinier than the flames that proceeded from the Burning Bush discovered on Mt. Sinai by Moses.’Then I raise a penny and state, ‘This portrait of President Lincoln is more realistic and true-to-life than any portrait of Satan ever painted.’And finally, I hold out a bright, shiny dime and say, ‘And this dime is the most amazing of all because it is heavier and contains more precious metals than all the gold bricks in the streets of Heaven.’I end with ‘Give to Caesar what is his, and hold the rest of it dear—for it is all you see and touch—and the Christian god can take care of all his things, for they amount to less than this 41 cents I hold here in my hand.”

Tags : Belief Heaven Rationality Religion

33. “Considering he was neither priest nor scholar, the young man gave sensible, thoughtful replies -- the more so, perhaps, for being untrained, for he had not learned what he should believe or should not believe. Present a statement to him in flagrant contradiction to all Christian doctrine and he could be persuaded to agree on its good sense, unless he remembered it was the sort of thing of which pyres are made for the incautious.”

Tags : Catholicism Doctrine Education Freedom Freedom Of Religion Freedom Of Thought Good Sense Independent Thought Inquisition Persecution Philosophy Rationality Reason Schooling
Author : Iain Pears
Source : The Dream of Scipio

34. “I do care. That's why I hunt them. But if you've seen what I have, then you learn to deal with the murders and disappearances. You learn to push it aside and move on. The other life isn't here anymore. This new world has its own rules. Survival of the fittest is one of them. If you're hoping for kindness and pity, don't hold your breath.”

Tags : Rationality Survival Zombie Apocalypse
Source : The Other Life

35. “To evade insanity and depression, we unconsciously limit the number of people toward whom we are sincerely sympathetic.”

Tags : All There Aphorism Aphorisms Balanced Conscious Crackers Depress Escape Evasion Faculties Humor Limitation Normal Out Of One S Mind Sane Saneness Satire Schizophrenic Screwy Stability Stable Suicidal Unbalanced Unhinged

36. “Tribalism is an addiction that is driven by false beliefs that need to be reflected back to be perceived as true.”

Tags : Freedom Government Patriotism Philosophy Psychology Rationality Religion Statism Superstition Tribal Tribe Truth Violence War

37. “Even intellectuals should have learned by now that objective rationality is not the default position of the human mind, much less the bedrock of human affairs.”

Tags : Intellectuals People Rationality
Source : Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South

38. “What a paradox it is, the sane causes more problems than the insane! It is! The real problems of the world do not come from the insane but, the sane!”

Tags : Fallacy Fantasies Food For Thought Humor Insanity Life Life Issues Logic Logical Thinking Philosophy Problems Of Today Rationality Reasoning Sanity Thinkers Thought

39. “All of us, whether vivisector or vegan, have been subject to mechanisms undercutting sympathy for animals. How long and to what extent we submit to these mechanisms is not a matter of rationality: to cut off our feelings and support animal exploitation is rational, given societal expectations and sanctions; but to assert our feelings and oppose animal exploitation is also rational, given the pain involved in losing our natural bonds with animals. So our task is not to pass judgment on others' rationality, but to speak honestly of the loneliness and isolation of anthropocentric society, and of the damage done to every person expected to hurt animals.”

Tags : Animal Liberation Animal Rights Emotions Feminism Patriarchy Rationality
Author : Brian Luke

40. “Compassion without discipline is egregious self-sabotage.”

Tags : Altruism Anarchy Ancap Attachment Charity Expertise Generosity Helping Others Humanitarianism Individual Individualism Laissez Faire Love Peace Philosophy Private Charity Psychology Rational Rationality Relationships Rights Statism Voluntaryism Welfare State

41. “One of my colleagues in Duke, Ralph Keeney, noted that America's top killer isn't cancer or heart disease, nor is it smoking or obesity. It's our inability to make smart choices and overcome our own self-destructive behaviours. Ralph estimates that about half of us will make a lifestyle decision that will ultimately lead us to an early grave. And as if this were not bad enough, it seems that the rate at which we make these deadly decisions is increasing at an alarming pace. I suspect that over the next few decades, real improvements in life expectancy and quality are less likely to be driven by medical technology than by improved decision making. Since focusing on long-term benefits is not our natural tendency, we need to more carefully examine the cases in which we repeatedly fail, and try to come up with some remedies for these situations. For an overweight movie loved, the key might be to enjoy watching a film while walking on the treadmill. The trick is to find the right behavioural antidote for each problem. By pairing something that we love with something that we dislike but that is good for us, we might be able to harness desire with outcome - and thus overcome some of the problems with self-control we face every day.”

Tags : Healthcare Rationality Self Improvement
Author : Dan Ariely
Source : Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

42. “The difficulty is that, so long as unreason prevails, a solution of our troubles can only be reached by chance; for while reason, being impersonal, makes universal co-operation possible, unreason, since it represents private passions, makes strife inevitable. It is for this reason that rationality, in the sense of an appeal to a universal and impersonal standard of truth, is of supreme importance to the well-being of the human species.”

Tags : Cooperation Human Species Impersonal Passions Rationality Reason Truth Universal Unreason Well Being
Source : In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

43. “Animals do it largely for the REPRODUCTION, but so-called Social Animals (People) do it regularly thinking that it will give them SATISFACTION.”

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Author : Anuj Somany

44. “Believing that there is a conflict between rationality and spirituality is like believing that there is a conflict between knowledge and inspiration.”

Tags : Inspiration Knowledge Rationality Religion Science Spirituality

45. “The voices of cold reason were talking, as usual, to deaf ears.”

Tags : Argument Rationality Reason Stubbornness
Author : Ellis Peters
Source : Brother Cadfael's Penance

46. “The joy from eating does not come from the exclusivity of the food, but instead from the sensitivity that we eat it with.”

Tags : Enjoyment Food Happiness Positive Thinking Rationality Sensitivity
Author : Nino Gruettke
Source : BOTH of You: Behavior. Opinion. Thinking. Happiness - The more rational we are, the more emotional we can be.

47. “The often-used phrase “pay attention” is apt: you dispose of a limited budget of attention that you can allocate to activities, and if you try to you try to go beyond your budget, you will fail.”

Tags : Attention Cognitive Psychology Priorities Rationality
Source : Thinking, Fast and Slow

48. “Though he never actually joined it, he was close to some civilian elements of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which was the most Communist (and in the rather orthodox sense) of the Palestinian formations. I remember Edward once surprising me by saying, and apropos of nothing: 'Do you know something I have never done in my political career? I have never publicly criticized the Soviet Union. It’s not that I terribly sympathize with them or anything—it's just that the Soviets have never done anything to harm me, or us.' At the time I thought this a rather naïve statement, even perhaps a slightly contemptible one, but by then I had been in parts of the Middle East where it could come as a blessed relief to meet a consecrated Moscow-line atheist-dogmatist, if only for the comparatively rational humanism that he evinced amid so much religious barking and mania. It was only later to occur to me that Edward's pronounced dislike of George Orwell was something to which I ought to have paid more attention.”

Tags : Atheism Communism Dflp Dogmatism Edward Said Humanism Liberation Middle East Moscow Orwell Palestine Palestinians Politics Rationality Religion Religious Extremism Soviet Union
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

49. “Sexual starvation forces a heterosexual man to see beauty in every single female who he can sleep with without his society’s disapproval.”

Tags : Aphorism Aphorisms Approval Beauty Heterosexual Homophobia Homosexual Homosexuality Hormones Hunger Rational Rationality Sex Sexual Intercourse Society Starvation

50. “For, from the time that the Bishop of Rome had gotten to be acknowledged for bishop universal, by pretence of succession to St. Peter, their whole hierarchy, or kingdom of darkness, may be compared not unfitly to the kingdom of fairies; that is, to the old wives' fables in England concerning ghosts and spirits, and the feats they play in the night. And if a man consider the original of this great ecclesiastical dominion, he will easily perceive that the papacy is no other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof: for so did the papacy start up on a sudden out of the ruins of that heathen power.”

Tags : Atheism Belief Catholic Church Fairies Heathen Materialism Paranormal Rationality Religion Roman Empire Skepticism Spiritualism Supernaturalism
Author : Thomas Hobbes
Source : Leviathan

51. “We hold these truths to be self-evident.{Franklin's edit to the assertion in Thomas Jefferson's original wording, 'We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable' in a draft of the Declaration of Independence changes it instead into an assertion of rationality. The scientific mind of Franklin drew on the scientific determinism of Isaac Newton and the analytic empiricism of David Hume and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. In what became known as 'Hume's Fork' the latters' theory distinguished between synthetic truths that describe matters of fact, and analytic truths that are self-evident by virtue of reason and definition.}”

Tags : Analytic David Hume Declaration Of Independence Determinism Empiricism Gottfried Leibniz Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Hume Isaac Newton Jefferson Leibniz Newton Rationality Reason Rights Science Thomas Jefferson Truths

52. “The reader who thinks that rationality does not require a definition should ponder the following: I'll give you a million dollars to do something irrational.”

Tags : 2012 Definition Economics Irrationality Rational Self Interest Rationality
Source : Principles of Pricing: An Analytical Approach

53. “It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living. It is clear also that thought is not free if all the arguments on one side of a controversy are perpetually presented as attractively as possible, while the arguments on the other side can only be discovered by diligent search.”

Tags : Beliefs Free Thought Freedom Of Expression Rationality
Source : Sceptical Essays

54. “He looked sharply towards the pollarded trees.'Yes, just there,' he said. 'I saw it plainly, and equally plainly I saw it not. And then there's that telephone of yours.'I told him now about the ladder I had seen below the tree where he saw the dangling rope.'Interesting,' he said, 'because it's so silly and unexpected. It is really tragic that I should be called away just now, for it looks as if the - well, the matter were coming out of the darkness into a shaft of light. But I'll be back, I hope, in thirty-six hours. Meantime, do observe very carefully, and whatever you do, don't make a theory. Darwin says somewhere that you can't observe without theory, but to make a theory is a great danger to an observer. It can't help influencing your imagination; you tend to see or hear what falls in with your hypothesis. So just observe; be as mechanical as a phonograph and a photographic lens.'Presently the dog-cart arrived and I went down to the gate with him.'Whatever it is that is coming through, is coming through in bits,' he said. 'You heard a telephone; I saw a rope. We both saw a figure, but not simultaneously nor in the same place. I wish I didn't have to go.'I found myself sympathizing strongly with this wish, when after dinner I found myself with a solitary evening in front of me, and the pledge to 'observe' binding me. It was not mainly a scientific ardour that prompted this sympathy and the desire for independent combination, but, quite emphatically, fear of what might be coming out of the huge darkness which lies on all sides of human experience. I could no longer fail to connect together the fancied telephone bell, the rope, and the ladder, for what made the chain between them was the figure that both Philip and I had seen. Already my mind was seething with conjectural theory, but I would not let the ferment of it ascend to my surface consciousness; my business was not to aid but rather stifle my imagination. ("Expiation")”

Tags : Ghost Haunting Rationality
Author : E.F. Benson
Source : The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson

55. “It considered trying to explain their error to them, but what would be the use? They would only go away with hurt feelings. You can't always expect people, or squirrels, to be rational.”

Tags : Childrens Life People Rationality
Source : The Brave Little Toaster

56. “There are some doubters even in the western villages. One woman told me last Christmas that she did not believe either in hell or in ghosts. Hell she thought was merely an invention got up by the priest to keep people good; and ghosts would not be permitted, she held, to go 'trapsin about the earth' at their own free will; 'but there are faeries,' she added, 'and little leprechauns, and water-horses, and fallen angels.' I have met also a man with a mohawk Indian tattooed upon his arm, who held exactly similar beliefs and unbeliefs. No matter what one doubts one never doubts the faeries, for, as the man with the mohawk Indian on his arm said to me, 'they stand to reason.' Even the official mind does not escape this faith. ("Reason and Unreason")”

Tags : Belief Faery Fairy Fey Heaven Hell Rationality Religion Unbelief
Author : W.B. Yeats
Source : The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore

57. “If you're rational you don't get to believe whatever you want to believe.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Atheism Belief Delusion Ethics Freedom Irrational Irrationality Libertarian Liberty Objective Objectivism Philosophy Psychology Rational Rationality Superstition Voluntaryism

58. “It seems that life, in order to maintain itself, must revolt every so often against man's ceaseless attempts to master its irrational forces with his mind.”

Tags : Actualization Irrationality Life Rationality Struggle
Author : Otto Rank
Source : Beyond Psychology

59. “Like many another materialist, that is, he lied cleverly on the basis of insufficient knowledge, because the knowledge supplied seemed to his own particular intelligence inadmissible.("The Wendigo")”

Tags : Materialism Materialst Rational Thought Rationalists Rationality
Source : Monster Mix

60. “Never trust books on the question of whether or not to trust your rational thinking. Trust your rational thinking on the question of whether or not to trust the books.”

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61. “You are modern humans of the civilized world. And modern humans rise beyond all laws and superstitions of the society. They help their fellow beings to rise from the ashes of ignorance, illusion and fear.”

Tags : Brainy Quotes Free Thinkers Humanism Humanity Humanity And Society Inspirational Philosophy Philosophy Of Mind Philosophy Quotes Rational Thinking Rational Thought Rationality Secular Humanism Secular Humanist
Source : In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

62. “The most damaging cognitive bias is overconfidence (illusory superiority), making leaders use their “gut” when they should be more rational.”

Tags : Change Leadership Gut Instincts Intuition Leadership Rationality Science And Change
Author : Paul Gibbons
Source : The Science of Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture

63. “Many of the cataclysmic leadership failures were failures of rationality. The pendulum of leadership development needs to swing back toward the rational: strategy, creativity, foresight, decision-making, and analytics.”

Tags : 21St Century Leadership Analytics Change Leadership Creativity Leadership Rationality Science And Change Strategy
Author : Paul Gibbons
Source : The Science of Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture

64. “[S]cience has contributed a great deal to war and violence, and people well trained in science are sometimes not entirely rational and are even dogmatic. We have to find a way to teach reflectively, not just scientifically.”

Tags : Dogmatism Education Rationality Reflection Responsibility Science Teaching Violence War
Author : Nel Noddings
Source : Peace Education: How We Come to Love and Hate War

65. “For the most part, people strenuously resist any redefinition of morality, because it shakes them to the very core of their being to think that in pursuing virtue they may have been feeding vice, or in fighting vice they may have in fact been fighting virtue.”

Tags : Anarchy Ancap Coercion Critical Thinking Dangerous Education Ethics Evidence Freedom Knowledge Learning Libertarian Liberty Peace Philosophy Rational Relearning Secular Statism Superstition Universal Universal Ethics Virtue Voluntaryism

66. “You may substitute knowledge for superstition without satisfying the needs that drive people into superstition's arms.”

Tags : Rationality Religion Superstition
Author : Susan Neiman
Source : Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists

67. “The world, viewed philosophically, remains a series of slave camps, where citizens – tax livestock – labor under the chains of illusion in the service of their masters.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Ancap Collectivism Countries Delusion Democracy Evil Fascism Freedom Government Knowledge Liberty Mafia Nations Nazis Patriotism Philosophy Politics Psychopath Rationality Religion Self Esteem States Voluntaryism

68. “It was a good answer that was made by one who when they showed him hanging in a temple a picture of those who had paid their vows as having escaped shipwreck, and would have him say whether he did not now acknowledge the power of the gods, — ‘Aye,’ asked he again, ‘but where are they painted that were drowned after their vows?’ And such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happens much oftener, neglect and pass them by.”

Tags : Confirmation Bias Deductive Reasoning Logic Rationality Superstition
Author : Francis Bacon

69. “Lies don't make you happy. They just make you lie about being happy.”

Tags : Atheism Beliefs Delusion Falsehood Freedom Illusions Liberty Mental Objective Psychology Rational Rationality Religion Self Esteem Self Knowledge Superstition Truth

70. “Empathy is the sunlight to the vampire of culture.”

Tags : Brainwashing Freedom Indoctrination Irrationality Knowledge Liberty Philosophy Rationality Society Superstition Tribe

71. “When men reject reason, they have no means left for dealing with one another — except brute, physical force.”

Tags : Abuse Brutality Evil Freedom Government Individualism Libertarian Liberty Love Rationality Relationships Religion Self Esteem Statism Superstition Voluntaryism War
Author : Ayn Rand

72. “Every dictator is a mystic, and every mystic is a potential dictator. A mystic craves obedience from men, not their agreement. He wants them to surrender their consciousness to his assertions, his edicts, his wishes, his whims—as his consciousness is surrendered to theirs. He wants to deal with men by means of faith and force—he finds no satisfaction in their consent if he must earn it by means of facts and reason. Reason is the enemy he dreads and, simultaneously, considers precarious; reason, to him, is a means of deception; he feels that men possess some power more potent than reason—and only their causeless belief or their forced obedience can give him a sense of security, a proof that he has gained control of the mystic endowment he lacked. His lust is to command, not to convince: conviction requires an act of independence and rests on the absolute of an objective reality. What he seeks is power over reality and over men’s means of perceiving it, their mind, the power to interpose his will between existence and consciousness, as if, by agreeing to fake the reality he orders them to fake, men would, in fact, create it.”

Tags : Aggression Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Coercion Communism Ethics Evil Freedom Government Irrationality Libertarian Liberty Nap Non Aggression Principle Objectivism Rationality Religion Socialism Statism Superstition Virtue Voluntaryism
Author : Ayn Rand

73. “Culture makes lies plausible through exposure to time. It makes prejudice seem like physics intergenerationally. It is therefore the most dangerous opponent of philosophy, because it feels the most credible to the average person.”

Tags : Anarchy Belief False Belief Falsehood Freedom Liberty Nationalism Patriotism Rationality Religion Statism Superstition Tribalism Tribe

74. “When you go with first principles, a giant light goes off in what you think is a city and turns out to be an insane asylum.”

Tags : Anarchy Ancap Crazy Critical Thinking Culture Disorder Freedom Insanity Irrationality Knowledge Libertarian Liberty Mental Philosophy Rational Rationality Religion Self Knowledge Statism Superstition Unconscious Voluntaryism

75. “It is one of the greatest Curses visited upon Mankind, he told me, that they shall fear where no Fear is: this astrological and superstitious Humour disarms men's Hearts, it breaks their Courage, it makes them help to bring such Calamities on themselves. Then he stopped short and looked at me, but my Measure was not yet fill'd up so I begg' d him to go on, go on. And he continued: First, they fancy that such ill Accidents must come to pass, and so they render themselves fit Subjects to be wrought upon; it is a Disgrace to the Reason and Honour of Mankind that every fantasticall Humourist can presume to interpret the Skies (here he grew Hot and put down his Dish) and to expound the Time and Seasons and Fates of Empires, assigning the Causes of Plagues and Fires to the Sins of Men or the Judgements of God. This weakens the Constancy of Humane Actions, and affects Men with Fears, Doubts, Irresolutions and Terrours.I was afraid of your Moving Picture, I said without thought, and that was why I left.It was only Clock-work, Nick.But what of the vast Machine of the World, in which Men move by Rote but in which nothing is free from Danger?Nature yields to the Froward and the Bold.It does not yield, it devours: You cannot master or manage Nature.But, Nick, our Age can at least take up the Rubbidge and lay the Foundacions: that is why we must study the principles of Nature, for they are our best Draught.No, sir, you must study the Humours and Natures of Men: they are corrupt, and therefore your best Guides to understand Corrupcion.The things of the Earth must be understood by the sentient Faculties, not by the Understanding. There was a Silence between us now until Sir Chris. says, Is your Boy in the Kitchin? I am mighty Hungry.”

Tags : Astrology Logic Nature Rational Rationality Science Superstition Time
Author : Peter Ackroyd
Source : Hawksmoor

76. “Education levels are highly and negatively correlated to religious belief. In other words, ignorance is bliss.”

Tags : Agnosticism Atheism Belief Rationalism Rationality Religion Science Superstition

77. “The Bible is clear: Truth exists. It can be known. And when we ground our beliefs in it, we are rational.”

Tags : Absolutism Belief Quotes Beliefs Bible Epistemology Rational Quotes Rationality
Author : Patty Houser
Source : A Woman's Guide to Knowing What You Believe: How to Love God With Your Heart and Your Mind

78. “It seems to me that my lack of faith is not, as I once thought, a triumph of the rational mind, but rather a failure of the imagination - an inability to tolerate mistery.”

Tags : Atheism Failure Of Imagination Rationality
Author : Zoë Heller
Source : Everything You Know

79. “Conversion and zealotry, just like revelation and apostasy, are flip sides of the same coin, the currency of a political culture having more in common with religion than rational discourse.”

Tags : Apostasy Christopher Hitchens Conversion Politics Rationality Reason Religion Revelation United States Zealotry
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

80. “We feel a deep pleasure from realizing that we believe something in common with our friends, and different from most people. We feel an even deeper pleasure letting everyone know of this fact. This feeling is EVIL. Learn to see it in yourself, and then learn to be horrified by how thoroughly it can poison your mind. Yes evidence may at times force you to disagree with a majority, and your friends may have correlated exposure to that evidence, but take no pleasure when you and your associates disagree with others; that is the road to rationality ruin.”

Tags : Evil Inspirational Rationality Ruin
Author : Robin Hanson

81. “Reasonableness is a matter of degree. Beliefs can be very reasonable (Japan exists), fairly reasonable (quarks exist), not unreasonable (there's intelligent life on other planets) or downright unreasonable (fairies exist).There's a scale of reasonableness, if you like, with very reasonable beliefs near the top and deeply unreasonable ones towards the bottom. Notice a belief can be very high up the scale, yet still be open to some doubt. And even when a belief is low down, we can still acknowledge the remote possibility it might be true.How reasonable is the belief that God exists? Atheists typically think it very unreasonable. Very low on the scale. But most religious people say it is at least not unreasonable (have you ever met a Christian who said 'Hey, belief in God is no more reasonable than belief in fairies, but I believe it anyway!'?) They think their belief is at least halfway up the scale of reasonableness.Now, that their belief is downright unreasonable might, in fact, be established empirically. If it turned out that not only is there no good evidence of an all-powerful, all-good God, there's also overwhelming evidence against (from millions of years of unimaginable and pointless animal suffering, including several mass extinctions - to thousands of children being crushed to death or buried alive in Pakistan earthquake, etc. etc. etc.) then it could be empirically confirmed that there's no God.Would this constitute a 'proof' that there's no God? Depends what you mean by 'proof'. Personally I think these sorts of consideration do establish beyond any reasonable doubt that there is no all-powerful all-good God. So we can, in this sense, prove there's no God.Yet all the people quoted in my last blog say you cannot 'scientifically' prove or disprove God's existence. If they mean prove beyond any doubt they are right. But then hardly anything is provable in that sense, not even the non-existence of fairies.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Atheist Argument Beliefs Doubt Empirical Empiricism Evidence Existence Fairies Japan Omnibenevolence Omnipotence Problem Of Evil Proof Quarks Rationality Reason Science Suffering Unreasonable
Author : Stephen Law

82. “If we start to think about trust as a public good (like clean air and water), we see that we can all benefit from higher levels of trust in terms of communicating with others, making financial transitions smoother, simplifying contracts, and many other business and social activities. Without constant suspicion, we can get more out of our exchanges with others while spending less time making sure that others will fulfill their promises to us. Yet as the tragedy of commons exemplifies, in the short term it is beneficial for each individual to violate and take advantage of the established trust.I suspect that most people and companies miss or ignore the fact that trust is an important public resource and that losing it can have long-term negative consequences for everyone involved. It doesn't take much to violate trust. Just a few bad players in the market can spoil it for everyone else.”

Tags : Markets Rationality Tragedy Of Commons Trust
Author : Dan Ariely
Source : Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

83. “Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny — and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do).”

Tags : Biology Evidence Evolution Objectivity Rationality Rigor Science Scrutiny
Source : The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History

84. “We may not yet know the right way to go, but we should at least stop going in the wrong direction.”

Tags : Anarchy Atheism Choice Critical Thinking Evidence Free Will Freedom Indoctrination Intelligence Liberty Logic Philosophy Rationality Reason Science Scientific Method Self Knowledge Voluntaryism
Source : Against The Gods?

85. “I am an atheist, a rationalist and a humanist.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Humanist Rationality
Author : Pierre Berton

86. “It was the ghost of rationality itself ... This is the ghost of normal everyday assumptions which declares that the ultimate purpose of life, which is to keep alive, is impossible, but that this is the ultimate purpose of life anyway, so that great minds struggle to cure diseases so that people may live longer, but only madmen ask why. One lives longer in order that he may live longer. There is no other purpose. That is what the ghost says.”

Tags : Ghost Great Minds Life Madmen Purpose Of Life Rationality
Source : Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

87. “Faith is stronger than so-called reason.”

Tags : Faith H H Rationality Reason
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Journey to the East

88. “Within Hobbes’ depiction of the motives for conflict. . . there is a problematic in which the grave threat that human beings pose to other human beings is not constituted simply by the structures of human passions, interests, and desires, nor by the addition of a self-deceptive and egotistical desire for recognition and proof of one’s perhaps illusory power. In this moment, it is the very rationality of other humans, reason in the broad sense, understood as roughly equal to oneself in both capacity and structure, that poses such a threat”

Tags : Conflict Danger Human Nature Politics Rationality Reason

89. “The root of liberalism, in a word, is hatred of compulsion, for liberalism has the respect for the individual and his conscience and reason which the employment of coercion necessarily destroys. The liberal has faith in the individual – faith that he can be persuaded by rational means to beliefs compatible with social good.”

Tags : Coercion Compulsion Conscience Faith Individual Liberal Liberalism Lost Generation Rationality Reason Respect
Source : Liberalism in America: Its Origin, Its Temporary Collapse, Its Future

90. “It was a fairy tale, no fooling. It was unreality becoming real. This frightened her. Because people don't care for unreality becoming real. It pricks their well-fed minds, you see, with something like a hunger pang. They prefer the logical stuffiness of expectancy. It is only at certain times that they weaken, letting imagination in. That's the time to get them. (“The Disinheritors”)”

Tags : Fear Imagination Rationality Reality Unreality
Source : Collected Stories, Vol. 1

91. “The indispensability of reason does not imply that individual people are always rational or are unswayed by passion and illusion. It only means that people are capable of reason, and that a community of people who choose to perfect this faculty and to exercise it openly and fairly can collectively reason their way to sounder conclusions in the long run. As Lincoln observed, you can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.”

Tags : Rationality Reason
Author : Steven Pinker
Source : The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

92. “It's not at all uncommon to find a person's desires compelling him to go against his reason, and to see him cursing himself and venting his passion on the source of the compulsion within him. It's as if there were two warring factions, with passion fighting on the side of reason. But I'm sure you won't claim that you had ever, in yourself or in anyone else, met a case of passion siding with his desires against the rational mind, when the rational mind prohibits resistance.”

Tags : Rationality
Author : Plato
Source : The Republic

93. “Writing my own novels in the '90s...I never imagined that in ten years, science and rationality would require explanation and defense in a world rocked and ruled by religious fervor. ”

Tags : Rationality Religion Science

94. “Its impossible to initiate a rational dialogue with some one about beliefs and concepts if he has not acquired them through reason. It doesn't matter whether we are looking at God, race, or national pride.”

Tags : Beliefs Rationality
Source : The Angel's Game

95. “[...] intelligent people only have a certain amount of time (measured in subjective time spent thinking about religion) to become atheists. After a certain point, if you're smart, have spent time thinking about and defending your religion, and still haven't escaped the grip of Dark Side Epistemology, the inside of your mind ends up as an Escher painting.”

Tags : Atheism Rationality Religion

96. “On your quest to spirituality it is often required to suspend your rationality; but true spirituality asks that you enhance your rationality.”

Tags : Action Inspirational Life Motivational Quest Quote Rationality Religion Spirituality Success
Source : Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

97. “People go funny in the head when talking about politics. The evolutionary reasons for this are so obvious as to be worth belaboring: In the ancestral environment, politics was a matter of life and death. And sex, and wealth, and allies, and reputation... When, today, you get into an argument about whether "we" ought to raise the minimum wage, you're executing adaptations for an ancestral environment where being on the wrong side of the argument could get you killed. Being on the right side of the argument could let you kill your hated rival![...]Politics is an extension of war by other means. Arguments are soldiers. Once you know which side you're on, you must support all arguments of that side, and attack all arguments that appear to favor the enemy side; otherwise it's like stabbing your soldiers in the back—providing aid and comfort to the enemy. People who would be level-headed about evenhandedly weighing all sides of an issue in their professional life as scientists, can suddenly turn into slogan-chanting zombies when there's a Blue or Green position on an issue.”

Tags : Politics Rationality

98. “It all adds up to normality.”

Tags : Rationality
Author : Greg Egan

99. “The practice which obtains amongst the Americans of fixing the standard of their judgment in themselves alone, leads them to other habits of mind. As they perceive that they succeed in resolving without assistance all the little difficulties which their practical life presents, they readily conclude that everything in the world may be explained, and that nothing in it transcends the limits of the understanding. Thus they fall to denying what they cannot comprehend; which leaves them but little faith for whatever is extraordinary, and an almost insurmountable distaste for whatever is supernatural.”

Tags : Culture Rationality
Source : Democracy in America Volume 2

100. “It is significant comment on the victory of science over magic that were someone to say ‘if I put this pill in your beer it will explode,’ we might believe them; but were they to cry ‘if I pronounce this spell over your beer it will go flat,’ we should remain incredulous and Paracelsus, the Alchemists, Aleister Crowley and all the Magi have lived in vain. Yet when I read science I turn magical; when I study magic, scientific.”

Tags : Enlightenment Magic Rationality Science
Source : The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

101. “If we are ever going to achieve a rational approach to organizing our affairs, we have to dignify the process of admitting to being wrong. It doesn't help matters at all if the media, or your friends, accuse you of "flip-flopping" when you change your mind. Changing our minds is our hope for the future.”

Tags : Change Rationality
Author : Brian Eno
Source : What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything

102. “One of chief pieces of advice I give to aspiring rationalists is "Don't try to be clever." And, "Listen to those quiet, nagging doubts." If you don't know, you don't know what you don't know, you don't know how much you don't know, and you don't know how much you needed to know.”

Tags : Philosophy Rationality

103. “You can't distinguish your group by doing things that are rational and believing things that are true. If you want to set yourself apart from other people you have to do things that are arbitrary and believe things that are false.”

Tags : Identity Rationality Religion
Author : Paul Graham

104. “Some may wonder whether part of the harvest of this invisible pollution (electromagnetic radiation) may be the comparative rarity of visionary experience in the modern world, and the predominence of a removed, overanalytical, repelling 'onlooker' intelligence in its place, resembling that of the (Martin) Amis hero (who will not see because he cannot feel). If this is so, such an intelligence has produced conditions favoring its evolution and survival.”

Tags : Electromagnetic Radiation Em Pollution Martin Amis Rationality
Source : The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real: Our Uncommon Senses and Their Common Sense

105. “...reason rationalizes reality for him (Dr. Nathan) as it does for the rest of us, in the Freudian sense of providing a more palatable or convenient explanation, and there are so many subjects about which we should not be reasonable.”

Tags : Rationality Reality Reason
Author : J.G. Ballard
Source : The Atrocity Exhibition

106. “It's hard to imagine a more extraordinary claim than that some hidden intelligence created a universe of more than a hundred billion galaxies, each containing more than a hundred billion stars, and then waited more than 13.7 billion years until a planet in a remote corner of a single galaxy evolved an atmosphere sufficiently oxygenated to support life, only to then reveal his existence to an assortment of violent tribal groups before disappearing again.”

Tags : Logic Rationality Reason Religion Science

107. “Like all people who have known rough times, light-heartedness seemed to her too irrational and inconsequent to be indulged in except as a reckless dram now and then; for she had been too early habituated to anxious reasoning to drop the habit suddenly...Her triumph was tempered by circumspection, she had still that field-mouse fear of the coulter of destiny despite fair promise, which is common among the thoughtful who have suffered early from poverty and oppression.”

Tags : Elizabeth Jane Fear Life Poverty Rationality
Author : Thomas Hardy
Source : The Mayor of Casterbridge

108. “Love of Truth is one of the strongest motives for replacing what really happens by a streamlined account or, to express it in a less polite manner -- love of truth is one of the strongest motives for deceiving oneself and others.”

Tags : Humor Philosophy Rationality Science
Source : Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction versus the Richness of Being

109. “For it is a sad rule that whenever you are most in need of your art as a rationalist, that is when you are most likely to forget it.”

Tags : Impulsiveness Rationality

110. “The point is that if you think you can pinpoint the cause, then you can fool yourself into thinking you can avert the cause. It's deeply egotistical. It's life played as a grand insurance policy. Our myth-making around cancer stems from the same impulse. Because we don't know exactly why most of it happens, we weave a makeshift wisdom around it, a false prophet, which seeps into the common story and feeds our hunger to understand why. The guilt is a byproduct, a way to assign blame and seek absolution. It's a lesser evil than the forces of randomness. And it gives us the illusion of control.”

Tags : Disease Illness Metaphor Rationality
Source : Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths

111. “Solzhenitsyn described this: It would be hard to identify the exact source of that inner intuition, not founded on rational argument, which prompted our refusal to enter the NKVD schools… People can shout at you from all sides: ‘You must!’ And your own head can be saying also: ‘You must!’ But inside your breast there is a sense of revulsion, repudiation. I don’t want to. It makes me feel sick. Do what you want without me; I want no part of it.”

Tags : Morality Rationality
Source : Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century

112. “For the first time, I understood the ancients' need to find explanations for why things happen. It's a quintessential human imperative. Random is not emotionally satisfying. Therefore, lightning was the bolt from an angry god. Crop failure was punishment for failing to honor the gods with a fatted calf. The plague happened because you took the Lord's name in vain or coveted your neighbor's wife. Going to church regularly and praying could forestall illness. And on and on.”

Tags : Cancer Disease Language Metaphor Myths Rationality
Source : Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths

113. “In recent philosophy there has been a growing awareness of the gap between the abstract principles proposed by philosophers and the ways in which people actually think. The kind of rationality admired in the theory of knowledge is idealization. In the real world people have to act on beliefs often based on fragmentary and unreliable evidence.”

Tags : Beliefs Morality Philosophyso Practical Ethics Rationality
Source : Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century

114. “Our propensity to overvalue what we own is a basic human bias, and it reflects a more general tendency to fall in love with, and be overly optimistic about, anything that has to do with ourselves. Think about it - don't you feel that you are a better-than-average driver, are more likely to be able to afford retirement, and are less likely to suffer from high cholesterol, get a divorce, or get a parking ticket if you overstay your meter by a few minutes? This positivity bias, as psychologists call it, has another name: "The Lake Wobegone Effect", named after the fictional town in Garrison Keillor's popular radio series 'A Prairie Home Companion', In Lake Wobegone, according to Keillor, "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."I don't think we can become more accurate and objective in the way we think about our children and houses, but maybe we can realize that we have such biases and listen more carefully to the advice and feedback we get from the others.”

Tags : Lake Wobegone Effect Rationality
Author : Dan Ariely
Source : Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

115. “If you're anything like me, you don't make up your mind about important issues by doing original research, pounding over primary sources and coming to your own conclusions; you listen to people who claim to know what they're talking about - "experts" - and try to determine which of them is more credible. You do your best to gauge who's authentically well-informed and unbiased, who has an agenda and what it is - who's a corporate flack, a partisan hack, or a wacko. I believe that global warming is real and anthropogenic not because I've personally studied Antarctic ice core samples or run my own computer climate models, but because all the people who support the theory are climatologists with no evident investment in the issue, and all the people who dismiss it as alarmist claptrap are shills of the petro-chemical industry or just seem to like debunking things, from the Holocaust to the moon landing. We put our trust - our votes, our money, sometimes our lives - in someone else's authority. In other words, most of us decide not what to believe but whom to believe. And I say believe because for most people, such decisions are matters of faith rather than reason.”

Tags : Informed Decisions Rational Choice Theory Rationality
Author : Tim Kreider
Source : We Learn Nothing

116. “You'd think that it would make them all the more credible to be free of any obvious agenda or emotional bias, motivated only by objective logic. But there's something off-putting about these hyperrational types; they're immune to any appeals to common sense or humor, the for fuck's sake defense. [...] As Kim Stanley Robinson writes, "An excess of reason is in itself a form of madness".”

Tags : Informed Debate Rational Debate Rationality
Author : Tim Kreider
Source : We Learn Nothing

117. “Isn't sanity really just a one trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit!”

Tags : Rationality Sanity
Author : The Tick

118. “Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy—a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction. Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions.”

Tags : Happiness Rationality
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Atlas Shrugged

119. “Sometimes pulling numbers out of your arse and using them to make a decision is better than pulling a decision out of your arse.”

Tags : Rationality
Author : ciphergoth

120. “I have tried to be very rational, although I know love and hate are not rational and explained feelings.”

Tags : Feelings Filipino Literature Hate Love Rationality

121. “The saddest thing about these imagined deathbed conversions is that, even if they were real, they could hardly be seen as victories for Christ. They are stories in which the final pain of a fatal disease, or the fear of imminent death and eternal punishment, is identified as the factor necessary for otherwise rational people to believe in the supernatural.If mental torture is required to effect a conversion, what does that say about the reliability of the fundamental premises of Christianity to begin with? Evangelicals would be better advised to concentrate on converting the living. Converting the deceased suggests only that they can't convince those who can argue back. They should let the dead rest in peace.”

Tags : Logic Rationality Reason

122. “In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”

Tags : Rationality Universe
Source : River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

123. “Engaging irrational people with rational arguments is irrational.”

Tags : Rationality

124. “Dismissing without further investigation something that conflicts with what is already known is the very heart of rationality.”

Tags : Philosophy Rationality
Author : Barry Stroud
Source : The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism

125. “Experience cannot beat logic, and interpretations of observational evidence which are not in line with the laws of logical reasoning are no refutation of these but the sign of a muddled mind (or would one accept someone’s observational report that he had seen a bird that was red and non-red all over at the same time as a refutation of the law of contradiction rather than the pronouncement of an idiot?).”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Austrian School Of Economics Critical Thinking Economics Ethics Evidence Freedom Intelligence Knowledge Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Logic Philosophy Rational Rationality Reason Thinking Voluntaryism Voluntaryist
Source : The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy

126. “Be careful... any time you find yourself defining the "winner" as someone other than the agent who is currently smiling from on top of a giant heap of utility.”

Tags : Competition Decision Theory Decisions Economics Games Rationality Utility Theory Winning

127. “Logic stays true, wherever you may go,So logic never tells you where you live.”

Tags : Evidence Logic Rationality
Source : Rationality: From AI to Zombies

128. “Rationality and calm self-determination were one of the great illusions of the universe... in the end, we were all ruled by our passions.”

Tags : Calm Emotions Humanity Illusion Illusion Of The Universe Motivation Passions Rationality Rationality Quotes Ruled By Our Passions Ruled By Passion Self Determination Self Determination Quote Universe
Source : Once Upon a Lie

129. “As understanding deepens, the further removed it becomes from knowledge.”

Tags : Gnosis Knowledge Logical Thinking Philosophy Psychology Rationality Self Reflection The Mind Understanding
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

130. “Is there some amazing rational thing you do when your mind's running in all different directions?" she managed."My own approach is usually to identify the different desires, give them names, conceive of them as separate individuals, and let them argue it out inside my head. So far the main persistent ones are my Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Slytherin sides, my Inner Critic, and my simulated copies of you, Neville, Draco, Professor McGonagall, Professor Flitwick, Professor Quirrell, Dad, Mum, Richard Feynman, and Douglas Hofstadter."Hermione considered trying this before her Common Sense warned that it might be a dangerous sort of thing to pretend. "There's a copy of me inside your head?""Of course there is!" Harry said. The boy suddenly looked a bit more vulnerable. "You mean there isn't a copy of me living in your head?"There was, she realized; and not only that, it talked in Harry's exact voice."It's rather unnerving now that I think about it," said Hermione. "I do have a copy of you living in my head. It's talking to me right now using your voice, arguing how this is perfectly normal.""Good," Harry said seriously. "I mean, I don't see how people could be friends without that.”

Tags : Rationality

131. “You have to be a light to yourself in a world that is utterly becoming dark.”

Tags : Dark Hope Individual Individualism Individuality Inspiration Inspirational Leadership Light Rationality World

132. “All right," Harry said coldly. "I'll answer your original question, then. You asked why Dark Wizards are afraid of death. Pretend, Headmaster, that you really believed in souls. Pretend that anyone could verify the existence of souls at any time, pretend that nobody cried at funerals because they knew their loved ones were still alive. Now can you imagine destroying a soul? Ripping it to shreds so that nothing remains to go on its next great adventure? Can you imagine what a terrible thing that would be, the worst crime that had ever been committed in the history of the universe, which you would do anything to prevent from happening even once? Because that's what Death really is - the annihilation of a soul!”

Tags : Atheism Rationality
Source : Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

133. “The fact is you cannot be intelligent merely by choosing your opinions. The intelligent man is not the man who holds such-and-such views but the man who has sound reasons for what he believes and yet does not believe it dogmatically. And opinions held for sound reasons have less emotional unity than the opinions of dogmatists because reason is non-party, favouring now one side and now another. That is what people find so unpleasant about it.”

Tags : Dogma Philosophy Rationality Reason
Source : Mortals and Others: American Essays 1931-35

134. “We human beings are created and yet we are more rational than the creator himself who spawned us.”

Tags : Creation God Rationality
Source : Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

135. “When you do a fault analysis, there's no point in assigning fault to a part of the system you can't change afterward, it's like stepping off a cliff and blaming gravity. Gravity isn't going to change next time. There's no point in trying to allocate responsibility to people who aren't going to alter their actions. Once you look at it from that perspective, you realize that allocating blame never helps anything unless you blame yourself, because you're the only one whose actions you can change by putting blame there.”

Tags : Rationality

136. “Lies propagate, that's what I'm saying. You've got to tell more lies to cover them up, lie about every fact that's connected to the first lie. And if you kept on lying, and you kept on trying to cover it up, sooner or later you'd even have to start lying about the general laws of thought. Like, someone is selling you some kind of alternative medicine that doesn't work, and any double-blind experimental study will confirm that it doesn't work. So if someone wants to go on defending the lie, they've got to get you to disbelieve in the experimental method. Like, the experimental method is just for merely scientific kinds of medicine, not amazing alternative medicine like theirs. Or a good and virtuous person should believe as strongly as they can, no matter what the evidence says. Or truth doesn't exist and there's no such thing as objective reality. A lot of common wisdom like that isn't just mistaken, it's anti-epistemology, it's systematically wrong. Every rule of rationality that tells you how to find the truth, there's someone out there who needs you to believe the opposite. If you once tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy; and there's a lot of people out there telling lies”

Tags : Rationality

137. “Stating a truth in an emotional way does not make what we say irrational; our beliefs being severed from truth and reality do.”

Tags : Belief Quotes Beliefs Emotions Rationality Rationality Quotes Truth And Reality
Author : Patty Houser
Source : A Woman's Guide to Knowing What You Believe: How to Love God With Your Heart and Your Mind

138. “When an economist attempts to prove that it is "irrational" to vote in national elections (because the effort expended outweighs the likely benefit to the individual voter), they use the term because they do not wish to say "irrational for actors for whom civic participation, political ideals, of the common good are not values in themselves, but who view public affairs only in terms of personal advantage.”

Tags : Civics Economist Rationality Values
Author : David Graeber
Source : The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

139. “Informed and rationally articulated dissent contributes to growth of ideas. Uniformed dissent, expressed through lung power, is a sign of insecurity. Countering dissent with fortification leads to a siege mentality. It results in a stagnant society, devoid of organic growth. Such a society perceives itself to be so fragile that every whiff of fresh air is seen as a threat to its existence.”

Tags : Dissent Ideology Obscurantism Rationality Religion
Author : R. N. Prasher

140. “No validation of our rationality - of our very sanity - can be accomplished using our rationality itself. How can a person operating within a system of beliefs, including beliefs about beliefs, get outside that system to determine whether it is rational? If your entire system becomes infected with madness, including the very rules by which you reason, then how can you ever reason your way out of your madness?”

Tags : Beliefs Rationality Reality Sanity
Source : Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel

141. “To trust immediate intuitions rather than collective examination that is rational, careful, and intelligent is not wisdom: it is the presumption of an old man who refuses to believe that the great world outside his village is any different from the one that he has always known.”

Tags : Rationality Science Wisdom
Author : Carlo Rovelli

142. “People are less rational than they are adept at rationalizing--explaining away discrepancies between their private morality and actions contrary to it.”

Tags : Rationality

143. “Whenever he can, Werner records what the partisans say on magnetic tape. Everybody, he is learning, likes to hear themselves talk. Hubris, like the oldest stories. They raise the antenna too high, broadcast for too many minutes, assume the world offers safety and rationality when of course it does not.”

Tags : Rationality Safety
Author : Anthony Doerr
Source : All the Light We Cannot See

144. “One could be forgiven for supposing that rationality (or, more softly, ‘reasonableness’) is irrelevant – and even possibly opposed – to being a good lover. This is perhaps because we tend to think of love as a feeling, rather than as an achievement of intelligence. A reasonable or rational person is not one who is only interested in logic, or someone who tries in a cold, robotic fashion to substitute calculation and analysis for kindness or yearning. We are reasonable when we are moved by accurate explanation. Thus a reasonable person is slow to anger; they do not jump to conclusions”

Tags : Love Rationality Relationships
Source : Art as Therapy

145. “You have to disentangle the details. You have to hold up every one independently, and ask, "How do we know *this* detail?" Someone sketches out a picture of humanity's descent into nanotechnological warfare, where China refuses to abide by an international control agreement, followed by an arms race ... Wait a minute—how do you know it will be China? Is that a crystal ball in your pocket or are you just happy to be a futurist? Where are all these details coming from?Where did *that specific* detail come from?”

Tags : Occams Razor Rationality

146. “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am -- not stuck in the middle, but hovering above the entire farcical spectrum, weeping as I behold my fellow man's devotion to political illusion and self-destruction.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Coercion Collectivism Freedom Gang Government Individualism Knowledge Libertarian Mafia Philosophy Politics Rationality Reason Socialism Theft Thieves Truth Useful Idiots Voluntaryism Voting
Author : Robert Higgs

147. “Oh, you humans may prefer empathy and mercy, but that's like intuiting the answer to an equation: you still have to go back and work the problem to be certain you were right. We can come to genuinely moral conclusions by our own paths.”

Tags : Ethics Logic Rationality
Source : Shadow Scale

148. “The less evidence we have for what we believe is certain, the more violently we defend beliefs against those who don't agree.”

Tags : Beliefs Evidence Rationality

149. “Not everyone understands what a completely rational process this is, this maintenance of a motorcycle. They think it's some kind of "knack" or some kind of "affinity for machines" in operation. They are right, but the knack is almost purely a process of reason, and most of the troubles are caused by what old time radio men called a "short between the earphones," failures to use the head properly. A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself.”

Tags : Mechanics Motorcycle Motorcycle Maintenance Philosophy Rationality Reason
Source : Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

150. “The unthinking embrace of irrationality is literally madness. But embracing rationality while denying the existence of any mystery to life and its meaning — that is no less a form of madness than is eager devotion to unreason.”

Tags : Blind Devotion Irrationality Mystery Of Life Odd Thomas Rationality Unknown
Author : Dean Koontz
Source : Forever Odd

151. “The most flattering spin I can put on this phase of paradoxes and metaphysical tangles is that I was smart enough, at age fourteen, to destroy any fledgling hypothesis I came up with. A tentative explanation, theory, or formulation would pop up in my brain only to be attacked by what amounted to a kind of logical immune system, bent on eliminating all that was weak or defective. Which is to say that my mind had become a scene of furious predation, littered with the half-eaten corpses of vast theories and brilliant syntheses.”

Tags : Logic Metaphysics Philosophy Rationality
Source : Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

152. “Only education, self-respect and rational qualities will uplift the down-trodden.”

Tags : Education Poverty Rationality

153. “The type of journalism that relies on the reporter's notion of what does or doesn't "seem" correct or controversial is self-indulgent and irresponsible. It gives credence to the belief that we can intuit our way through all the various decisions we need to make in our lives and it validates the notion that our feelings are a more reliable barometer of reality than the facts.”

Tags : Journalism Media Myths Rationality Science
Author : Seth Mnookin
Source : The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear

154. “Wisdom lies in thinking. The spear-head of thinking is rationalism.”

Tags : Rationality Wisdom

155. “You cannot expect any rational thought from a religious man. He is like a rocking log in water.”

Tags : Atheism Rationality Religion

156. “There is no perfectly shaped part of the motorcycle and never will be, but when you come as close as these instruments take you, remarkable things happen, and you go flying across the countryside under a power that would be called magic if it were not so completely rational in every way.”

Tags : Mechanics Motorcycle Maintenance Motorcycles Perfection Philosophy Rationality
Source : Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

157. “The duty and the responsibility of a rationalist is to thoughtfully and promptly carry out his actions, in fraternal affection, without considering country, language, God, religion and caste.”

Tags : Rationality

158. “What does it mean to call for a “democratic” solution if you don’t have a conflict-resolution mechanism in mind?I think it means that you have said the word “democracy,” so the audience is supposed to cheer. It’s not so much a propositional statement, as the equivalent of the “Applause” light that tells a studio audience when to clap.”

Tags : Democracy Rationality
Source : Rationality: From AI to Zombies

159. “I want to say a word to the Brahmins: In the name of God, religion, sastras you have duped us. We were the ruling people. Stop this life of cheating us from this year. Give room for rationalism and humanism.”

Tags : Aryan Brahmin Hinduism Humanism Rationality Tamil

160. “The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.”

Tags : Knowledge Magic Rationality
Author : Gene Wolfe
Source : Shadow & Claw

161. “If someone does not believe in fairies, he does not need to teach his children 'There are no fairies'; he can omit to teach them the word 'fairy'.”

Tags : Atheism Rationality Religion And Philosophy
Source : Zettel

162. “If God meant for people to fly, He would have given them brains.”

Tags : Freedom Future Hope Humanity Improvement Intelligence Knowledge Modernity Progress Rationality Technology

163. “For more than twenty years, I have been seeking a way to be both rational and spiritual. I have been looking for a ray of hope in an otherwise-compartmentalized world in which people segregate religious aspirations and rationality in the hope of not having to resolve the glaring gap between the two. It’s a gap that seems almost impossible to bridge, but I refuse to accept that disparity.”

Tags : Generation X Rationality Spiritual
Source : More Likely to Quote Star Wars than the Bible: Generation X and Our Frustrating Search for Rational Spirituality

164. “The idea of our own rationality...was convincing to us only because we so wished to be convinced. To any impartial observer, could such a thing exist, the sham was patent. Emotion and instinct were the basis of all our decisions, our actions, everything we valued, the way we saw the world. Reason and rationality were a thin coat of paint on a ragged surface.”

Tags : Emotions Rationality Reason

165. “We base our ideas about the world on our personal experience, and that experience has ingrained the rate of growth of the recent past in our heads as "the way things happen." We're also limited by our imagination, which takes our experience and uses it to conjure future predictions — but often, what we know simply doesn't give us the tools to think accurately about the future. When we hear a prediction about the future that contradicts our experience-based notion of how things work, our instinct is that the prediction must be naive. If I tell you [...] that you may live to be 150, or 250, or not die at all, your instinct will be, "That's stupid — if there's one thing I know from history, it's that everybody dies." And yes, no one in the past has not died. But no one flew airplanes before airplanes were invented either.”

Tags : Rationality
Author : Tim Urban

166. “It is easy for us to criticize the prejudices of our grandfathers, from which our fathers freed themselves. It is more difficult to search for prejudices among the beliefs and values we hold.”

Tags : Beliefs Bias Prejudice Rationality Values
Author : Peter Singer
Source : Practical Ethics

167. “Moral questions may not have objective answers—whether revealed by God or by science—but they do have rational ones, answers rooted in a rationality that emerges out of social need. That rationality can only be discovered through exercising the human potential for rational dialogue, the potential for thinking about the world, and for discussing, debating and persuading others. Values can never be entirely wrenched apart from facts; but neither can they be collapsed into facts. It is the existence of humans as moral agents that allows us to act as the bridge between facts and values.”

Tags : Dialogue Facts Humanity Morality Rationality Reason Religion Values Wisdom
Author : Kenan Malik

168. “The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space - each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.”

Tags : Exploration Rationality Risk Space

169. “The goal of intellectual life should be to see and understand what is true, not merely to adhere to a prevailing orthodoxy.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Freedom Indoctrination Intelligence Liberty Rationality Self Knowledge

170. “A man who does not question his own judgment, society, and who flourishes between deceit and bewilderment, fails his moral responsibility as a rational being.”

Tags : Morality Philosophical Philsophy Rationality Responsibility Society

171. “That which does not come by logic, does not leave by logic.”

Tags : Character Complexes Logic Psychoanalysis Psychological Problems Psychology Rationality Unconscious Mind
Author : Raheel Farooq

172. “You need one whole hell of a lot of rationality before it does anything but lead you into new and interesting mistakes.”

Tags : Lesswrong Rationality
Source : The Less Wrong Sequences

173. “Eye-rolling is not exactly the pinnacle of socratic investigation.”

Tags : Argument Critical Thinking Objectivism Objectivity Philosophy Rationality

174. “Because the way people are built, Hermione, the way people are built to feel inside -" Harry put a hand over his own heart, in the anatomically correct position, then paused and moved his hand up to point toward his head at around the ear level, "- is that they hurt when they see their friends hurting. Someone inside their circle of concern, a member of their own tribe. That feeling has an off-switch, an off-switch labeled 'enemy' or 'foreigner' or sometimes just 'stranger'. That's how people are, if they don't learn otherwise.”

Tags : Morality Psychology Rationality
Source : Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

175. “You could call it heroic responsibility,maybe," Harry Potter said. "Not like the usual sort. It means thatwhatever happens, no matter what, it's always your fault.Even if you tell Professor McGonagall, she's not responsible forwhat happens, you are. Following the school rules isn't anexcuse, someone else being in charge isn't an excuse, even tryingyour best isn't an excuse. There just aren't any excuses, you'vegot to get the job done no matter what." Harry's facetightened. "That's why I say you're not thinking responsibly,Hermione. Thinking that your job is done when you tell ProfessorMcGonagall - that isn't heroine thinking. Like Hannah being beat upis okay then, because it isn't your faultanymore. Being a heroine means your job isn't finished until you'vedone whatever it takes to protect the other girls,permanently." In Harry's voice was a touch of the steel hehad acquired since the day Fawkes had been on his shoulder. "Youcan't think as if just following the rules means you've done yourduty.”

Tags : Rationality
Source : Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

176. “So what? Why should an a priori proof of the libertarian property theory make any difference? Why not engage in aggression anyway?” Why indeed?! But then, why should the proof that 1+1=2 make any difference? One certainly can still act on the belief that 1+1=3. The obvious answer is “because a propositional justification exists for doing one thing, but not for doing another.” But why should we be reasonable, is the next come-back. Again, the answer is obvious. For one, because it would be impossible to argue against it; and further, because the proponent raising this question would already affirm the use of reason in his act of questioning it. This still might not suffice and everyone knows that it would not, for even if the libertarian ethic and argumentative reasoning must be regarded as ultimately justified, this still does not preclude that people will act on the basis of unjustified beliefs either because they don’t know, they don’t care, or they prefer not to know. I fail to see why this should be surprising or make the proof somehow defective.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Critical Thinking Freedom Libertarian Liberty Nap Non Aggression Principle Philosophy Rationality Statism Voluntaryism
Source : The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy

177. “Once upon a time, there was a man who was convinced that he possessed a Great Idea. Indeed, as the man thought upon the Great Idea more and more, he realized that it was not just a great idea, but the most wonderful idea ever. The Great Idea would unravel the mysteries of the universe, supersede the authority of the corrupt and error-ridden Establishment, confer nigh-magical powers upon its wielders, feed the hungry, heal the sick, make the whole world a better place, etc. etc. etc.The man was Francis Bacon, his Great Idea was the scientific method, and he was the only crackpot in all history to claim that level of benefit to humanity and turn out to be completely right.”

Tags : Lesswrong Rationality
Source : The Less Wrong Sequences

178. “Do you know, I sometimes, catch myself wishing that I too were blind to the facts of life and only knew its fancies and illusions. They're wrong, all wrong, of course, and contrary to reason; but in the face of them my reason tells me, wrong and most wrong, that to dream and live illusions gives greater delight. And after all, delight is the wage for living. Without delight living is a worthless act. To labor at living and be unpaid is worse than to be dead. He who delights the most lives the most, and your dreams and unrealities are less disturbing to you and more gratifying than are my facts to me. I often doubt, I often doubt, the worthwhileness of reason. Dreams must be more substantial and satisfying. Emotional delight is more filling and lasting than intellectual delight by having the blues. Emotional delight is followed by no more than jaded senses which speedily recuperate. I envy you, I envy you”

Tags : Blind Delight Emotion Envy Facts Intellect Intelligence Life Purpose Rationality Reason Reasoning Satisfaction
Author : Jack London

179. “The essence of extended rationality is to know when you are being irrational.”

Tags : Decision Making Leadership Rationality Science And Change
Author : Paul Gibbons
Source : The Science of Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture

180. “I've seen people severely messed up by their own knowledge of biases. They have more ammunition with which to argue against anything they don't like. And that problem—too much ready ammunition—is one of the primary ways that people with high mental agility end up stupid, in Stanovich's "dysrationalia" sense of stupidity.”

Tags : Lesswrong Rationality
Source : The Less Wrong Sequences

181. “There's a whole [...] art to finding the truth and accomplishing value from inside a human mind: we have to learn our own flaws, overcome our biases, prevent ourselves from self-deceiving, get ourselves into good emotional shape to confront the truth and do what needs doing, etcetera etcetera and so on.”

Tags : Lesswrong Rationality
Source : The Less Wrong Sequences

182. “Don't trust thoughts because you think them, but because they obey specific trustworthy rules.”

Tags : Lesswrong Rationality

183. “So much of a rationalist's skill is below the level of words. It makes for challenging work in trying to convey the Art through blog posts. People will agree with you, but then, in the next sentence, do something subdeliberative that goes in the opposite direction. Not that I'm complaining! A major reason I'm posting here is to observe what my words haven't conveyed.”

Tags : Lesswrong Rationality

184. “Man: an irrational being who imagines himself to be a rational one.”

Tags : Irrationality Man Rationality
Author : Marty Rubin

185. “Then are there no rules at all, Lord?” Moneo's voice conveyed a faint hint of hysteria.Leto smiled to ease the man's tensions. “Perhaps one. Short–term decisions tend to fail in the long–term.”

Tags : Decisions Life Rationality Rules
Author : Frank Herbert

186. “When I describe priming studies to audiences, the reaction is often disbelief. [...] The idea you should focus on, however, is that disbelief is not an option. The results are not made up, nor are they statistical flukes. You have no choice but to accept that the major conclusions of these studies are true. More important, you must accept that they are true about you. [...] You do not believe that these results apply to you because they correspond to nothing in your subjective experience. But your subjective experience consists largely of the story that your System 2 tells itself about what is going on. Priming phenomena arise in System 1, and you have no conscious access to them.”

Tags : Rationality
Source : Thinking, Fast and Slow

187. “And who should see the truth but you and I?”

Tags : Rationality Truth

188. “Logiškai mąstė, o paskui elgėsi logiška išvada. Tačiau daugelis iš mūsų, įtariu, daro priešingai: priima instinktyvų sprendimą, paskui kuria priežasčių infrastruktūrą jam pateisinti. O rezultatą pavadina sveiku protu.”

Tags : Rationality Thinking
Author : Julian Barnes
Source : The Sense of an Ending

189. “The Apparent is the Bridge to the Real”

Tags : Apparent Logical Mind Rationality Real Sciencemind Sufis Sufism
Author : Idries Shah
Source : The Sufis

190. “If a ship landed in my yard and LGMs stepped out, I’d push past their literature and try to find the cable that dropped the saucer on my roses. Lack of a cable or any significant burning to the flowers, I’d then grab a hammer and start knocking about in the ship till I was convinced that nothing said “Intel Inside.” Then when I discovered a “Flux Capacitor” type thing I would finally stop and say, “Hey, cool gadget!” Assuming the universal benevolence of the LGMs, I’d yank it out and demand from the nearest "Grey” (they are the tall nice ones), “where the hell did this come from?” Greys don’t talk, they communicate via telepathy, so I’d ignore the voice inside my head. Then stepping outside the saucer and sitting in a lawn chair, I’d throw pebbles at the aliens till I was sure they were solid. Then I’d look down at the “Flux Capacitor” and make sure it hadn’t morphed into my bird feeder. Finally, with proof in my hand and aliens sitting on my deck (they’d be offered beers, though I’ve heard that they absorb energy like a plant) I’d grab my cell phone and tell my doctor that I’m having a serious manic episode with full-blown visual hallucinations.”

Tags : Rationality

191. “The Way of Bayes is also an imprecise art, at least the way I'm holding forth upon it. These blog posts are still fumbling attempts to put into words lessons that would be better taught by experience. But at least there's underlying math, plus experimental evidence from cognitive psychology on how humans actually think. Maybe that will be enough to cross the stratospherically high threshold required for a discipline that lets you actually get it right, instead of just constraining you into interesting new mistakes.”

Tags : Lesswrong Rationality
Source : The Less Wrong Sequences

192. “But it was important to be rational at all times, not just when calm.”

Tags : Calm Calmness Emergency Jasnah Kholin Rationality
Source : Words of Radiance

193. “Anyone who engages in the practice of psychotherapy confronts every day the devastation wrought by the teachings of religion.”

Tags : Psychology Rationality Self Esteem Self Knowledge

194. “The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life. This project is ambitious but technically feasible. It is also instrumentally rational and ethically mandatory. The metabolic pathways of pain and malaise evolved only because they once served the fitness of our genes. They will be replaced by a different sort of neural architecture. States of sublime well-being are destined to become the genetically pre-programmed norm of mental health. The world's last aversive experience will be a precisely dateable event.”

Tags : Ethics Feasibility Fitness Future Genes Genetic Engineering Hedonism Philosophy Rationality Reason Science Suffering Technology
Author : David Pearce

195. “Truth has nothing to do with the conclusion, and everything to do with the methodology.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Ethicists Logic Moralists Morals Philosophy Rationality Science Scientific Method

196. “The true self is that which is in touch with reality. The false self is the aspects of your personality that are adapted to threats and no longer consciously recognizes either the adaptation or the threat.”

Tags : Abuse Mindfulness Philosophy Psychology Rationality Self Esteem Trauma

197. “Sorry, but I have to be who I am. Everyone else is taken... So be your self! Speak your truth - if there are people around you who tempt you with non-existence blast through that and give them the full glory of who you are. Do not withhold yourself from the world. Do not piss on the incandescent gift of your existence. Do not drown yourself in the petty fog and dustiness of other people's ancient superstitions, unbeliefs, aggressions, culture and crap! No! Be a flare! We were born that way. Born perfectly happy being inconvenient to our parents. We shit, piss, cry, wake up at night, throw up on their shoulders, scream... We are, in essence, in our humanity, perfectly comfortable with inconveniencing others. That's how we're born, how we grow and develop. I choose to inconvenience the irrational.”

Tags : Honesty Integrity Rationality Relationships Virtue

198. “In any culture, subculture, or family in which belief is valued above thought, and self-surrender is valued above self-expression, and conformity is valued above integrity, those who preserve their self-esteem are likely to be heroic exceptions.”

Tags : Psychology Rationality Religion Self Esteem Self Knowledge

199. “P.C. Hodgell said - That which can be destroyed by the truth should be. Do not flinch from experiences that might destroy your beliefs. The thought you cannot think controls you more than thoughts you speak aloud. Submit yourself to ordeals and test yourself in fire. Relinquish the emotion which rests upon a mistaken belief, and seek to feel fully that emotion which fits the facts. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is hot, and it is cool, the Way opposes your fear. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is cool, and it is hot, the Way opposes your calm. Evaluate your beliefs first and then arrive at your emotions. Let yourself say - If the iron is hot, I desire to believe it is hot, and if it is cool, I desire to believe it is cool.”

Tags : Rationalism Rationality

200. “A man goes to a foreign country and kills somebody who's not aggressing against him; in a Hawaiian shirt he's a criminal, in a green costume he's a hero who gets a parade and a pension. So that, as a culture, we remain in a state of moral insanity. To point out these contradictions to people in society is to be labeled insane. This is how insane society remains, that anybody who points out logical opposites in the most essential human topic of ethics, is considered to be insane.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Delusion Freedom Integrity Liberty Logic Morals Rationality Statism Values Virtue