Rationality
  • Author : Steven Pinker
  • Release Date : 28 September 2021
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 13 : 9780241380307

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Book Description: A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021 'Punchy, funny and invigorating ... Pinker is the high priest of rationalism' Sunday Times 'If you've ever considered taking drugs to make yourself smarter, read Rationality instead. It's cheaper, more entertaining, and more effective' Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind In the twenty-first century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding - and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that discovered vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, quack cures and conspiracy theorizing? In Rationality, Pinker rejects the cynical cliché that humans are simply an irrational species - cavemen out of time fatally cursed with biases, fallacies and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives and set the benchmarks for rationality itself. Instead, he explains, we think in ways that suit the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning we have built up over millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, causal inference, and decision-making under uncertainty. These tools are not a standard part of our educational curricula, and have never been presented clearly and entertainingly in a single book - until now. Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress. Brimming with insight and humour, Rationality will enlighten, inspire and empower. 'A terrific book, much-needed for our time' Peter Singer

Rationality

Rationality

Author : Steven Pinker
Publisher : Penguin UK
Genre : Philosophy
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A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021 'Punchy, funny and invigorating ... Pinker is the high priest of rationalism' Sunday Times 'If you've ever considered taking drugs to make yourself smarter, read Rationality instead. It's cheaper, more entertaining, and more effective' Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind In the twenty-first century, ...

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Author : Markus Knauff,Wolfgang Spohn
Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Psychology
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The first reference on rationality that integrates accounts from psychology and philosophy, covering descriptive and normative theories from both disciplines. Both analytic philosophy and cognitive psychology have made dramatic advances in understanding rationality, but there has been little interaction between the disciplines. This volume offers the first integrated overview of ...

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Author : Christopher Cherniak
Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Psychology
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Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Philosophy
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Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Psychology
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Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Business & Economics
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Publisher : Routledge
Genre : Reference
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Publisher : Routledge
Genre : Philosophy
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Publisher : Routledge
Genre : Business & Economics
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Publisher : Oxford University Press
Genre : Philosophy
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Publisher : Princeton University Press
Genre : Philosophy
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Publisher : Harvard University Press
Genre : Business & Economics
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