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Thought of the Day: Rationalizing is when…

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Rationalizing is when you make dinner for the family, and you think it is fair for someone else to clean the kitchen, because you did all the work.  But when someone else makes dinner, you think it is fair for them to clean the kitchen, because they made the mess. – Jacob J. Walker

As Heinlein wrote in a book: “Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal”.  And women are often the same way too…  In other words, we all have a tendency to believe what we want to believe, and not necessarily to believe what logic and evidence would dictate, unless it coincides with our desire for belief…  Thus, this is why one of our our highest value should be a desire for rational thought and accuracy, as that is the type of belief that brings our bias for rationalizing inline with true rational thought.

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Written by Jacob Walker

August 14th, 2014 at 11:55 am

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