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  •  a human being = irrationality (1+ / 0-)
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    no matter what particular designation you opt for.  

    Hope mongering is as irrational and emotional as hate mongering - it just tends to leave you in a more positive place.  On the whole, I prefer it, but that doesn't make me rational particularly, just lucky in my education and surroundings.

    I'm all for reality-based (rather than rational) thinking, but some parts of reality are really, really strange.  Waving them off so that the world seems to work neatly is one of the easiest (and imho most irrational) things we do.

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh....

    by serendipityisabitch on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 09:07:31 AM PST

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    •  You said it (0+ / 0-)

      "I'm all for reality-based (rather than rational) thinking, but some parts of reality are really, really strange.  Waving them off so that the world seems to work neatly is one of the easiest (and imho most irrational) things we do."

      Exactly. The world is so complex and full of mysteries and these psychic/pseudoscience claims try to bring magical (non-science based) certainty to the world. The most rational thing is to accept uncertainty and base your worldview on empirical evidence. People who do not do this are more susceptible to believe political propaganda or things that "make them feel good".

      •  I really couldn't care less (0+ / 0-)

        what people choose to believe, if it makes them feel good ... so long as they don't make me hate them for shoving unwelcome opinions in my face.  lol

      •  You seem to think I'm saying (0+ / 0-)

        that rational thinking is a good thing.  And that you can't think about what seems magical using scientific techniques.  Sorry, but I disagree.  Magical thinking (the unicorn will fix it all), and thinking about things that appear magical are two totally different things.  

        That many people prefer not to think at all about things that seem magical, to the extent of presuming their nonexistence, without data to back that presumption up, seems to me to be one of the failures of "rational" thinking.

        So I can't buy the thesis that 'rational' thinkers would be less likely to be influenced by the GOP hate mongers than someone who calls herself a spiritual thinker.  I don't see any solid data on either side, just anecdotal, and that seems to go off in all directions.

        At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh....

        by serendipityisabitch on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 05:54:08 AM PST

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