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Rationality

Is Spirituality Irrational?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Ron Garret in response to "Religious and Rational?" This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organiz...

The Easiest Trick to Breaking Out of Wrong Ideas

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 12.29.2016 | Home
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Max Harms Image credits: Randall Munroe This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that e...

The Worst Problem In American Politics?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 11.28.2016 | Home
Gleb Tsipursky

Politicians skilled in the psychology of persuasion can take advantage of our thinking errors to manipulate us. Unless we are paying attention, we are highly likely to be influenced by their appeals to these flawed patterns of feeling and thinking, and make biased political decisions.

The Myth Of The Irrational Voter

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Gleb Tsipursky

We can show all those politicians, scholars, and pundits that they are wrong to proclaim that voters are irrational and should be manipulated for their own good.

How To Be Perfect

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 09.19.2016 | Home
Gleb Tsipursky

Seek truth all the days of your life, and the truth will give you power to set yourself free. Be rational. Those who seek the stars for a lifetime, one day become stars themselves.

A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home
Gleb Tsipursky

By guest blogger Caleb Pitkin This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to ref...

Trump's 'Be Very Afraid' Versus The Bible's 'Be Not Afraid'

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.23.2016 | Home
Andy Schmookler

What does it mean that a large portion of self-described American Christians - e.g. 62% of evangelicals - intend to vote for a candidate who works to instill unnecessary, inappropriate fear in the American people?

Among the Thugs Again: When It Goes Off

Chris Fici | Posted 07.22.2016 | Home
Chris Fici

The blokes of English Football Saturday in Bill Buford's Among the Thugs certainly had built what seemed to be a fully functioning, hierarchical, multi-tiered Church and Community behind their devotion to Manchester United or West Ham or Millwall.

Interview: Zoltan Istvan On Transhumanism And His US Presidential Campaign

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Zoltan Istvan

Recently, thinker and writer C. JoyBell C. interviewed me about transhumanism and my growing 2016 US Presidential campaign.

Beyond Rawls' Fiction: The Veil of Ignorance Is Real

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.02.2016 | Home
Harold Lloyd

Whether "liberal" or "conservative," a rational person who admits the veil of ignorance understands the importance of fairness and of general concern for the welfare not only of himself but of others who differ from his present status and characteristics.

Autopilot vs. Intentional System: The Rider and the Elephant

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.02.2017 | Home
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by prov...

Calming Ourselves Down

Terry Newell | Posted 12.27.2016 | Home
Terry Newell

The overwhelming attention to presidential polls and political catfights, for example, has relegated serious discussion of education, jobs, the environment and the vulnerability of infrastructure -- to name a few issues -- to the back burner in our national discourse.

6 Awesome Things About the Quran

Ro Waseem | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Ro Waseem

When I first started reading the Quran, my paradigm was drastically different to what it is now. Back then, whether a particular interpretation or belief was rational or not wasn't a prerequisite for believing in it. "It was the word of God, after all!", I thought, "Dare I question it?"

Making Irrational Rational

Nelson Saiers | Posted 07.21.2016 | Home
Nelson Saiers

On this Rational Pi Day, consider some of our irrational societal behaviors. Begin to take the first steps towards quelling those and taking more rational approaches to the issues that will impact us all.

Walking on Water with Giant Green Frogs

Shan Wells | Posted 04.11.2015 | Home
Shan Wells

At this point, I can hear readers of faith saying: "But you can't blame religion for murder. People kill whether they are religious or not!" Certainly, they do. But religion is one the most insidiously lethal accelerators of violence this side of an unfaithful lover.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Home
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

#8 Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Home
Andy Schmookler

Why does that the line from Yeats apply to America in our times? "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are filled with a passionate intensity."

The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Home
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Home
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Home
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

'Less Violent' Does Not Have to Mean 'Apathetic'

Marc Gopin | Posted 04.27.2014 | Home
Marc Gopin

Americans may be getting less violent, but we should absolutely not be getting more apathetic and isolationist. The world is a dangerous place with some very violent people in it, as well as some very unfortunate wars between groups that have been set against each other by proxies.

How to Rationally Read and Write Like a Moderate (Even if You're Not One)

Troy Campbell | Posted 03.24.2014 | Home
Troy Campbell

If you have an intelligent opinion, and don't mind the fact that someone will probably call you a racist/bigot/traitor for saying it, then share it or blog it.

How To Be An Effective Problem Solver

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 01.24.2014 | Home
Michelle Roya Rad

Good problem solvers are good thinkers. They have less drama and problems to begin with and don't get overly emotional when faced with a problem. They usually see problems as challenges and life experiences and try to stand above them, objectively.

Alan Greenspan discovers human beings are flawed

Robert Teitelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Robert Teitelman

What is there to say about Alan Greenspan, who at 87 is out flogging his new book, "The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature and the Future of Fo...

Is It Rational to Be Selfish

Denise Cummins, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Denise Cummins, Ph.D.

The take-home message from this body of research is this: What counts as a fair transaction depends in large part on perceived relative social status -- where the parties stand in their perceived hierarchy and how they believe they got there.