In Praise of Reason
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The MIT Press
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...number two is a serum that, once slipped into the water supply, will quickly make “ the other side ” think your political views are Most folks I know, including myself, would be at least tempted immediately, without much thought. After all, politics concerns matters of serious import, and it is hard not to wish that those ...
1 Hope and Reason
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...readers that “ AIDS is one of the greatest hoaxes ” ever pulled on Americans, in fact — believe that creationism should be taught cerely believe that the scientific evidence supports their posi-tion. But for most people, scientific evidence has little to do with it. Take the case of evolution. According to a 2007 Gallup ...
2 Neither Slave nor Master: Reason and Emotion
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...some apparently disturbing results: a split-second glance at two candidates ’ faces is often enough to predict who will win an ments prior to consciously reflecting on them. But in the later prior to the election. The students were asked for their “ gut these scientists correlated their findings with the election results ...
3 “Nothing but Dreams and Smoke”
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It is one of the little ironies of history that skepticism is rarely more popular than with true believers. The theological disputes at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation are Sextus ’ s Outlines of Pyrrhonism hardly has “ literary fame ” written all over it. It is dense and difficult to read, and doesn ’ t ...
4 Reasons End: Tradition and Common Sense
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Reasons give out. From this the ancient skeptics concluded that to shrug it off, to accept that “ this game is played ” and just keep on trucking. This appeals to our sense of ourselves as practical and realistic, and suggests that the right “ answer ” to skepticism is just to acknowledge the groundlessness of our believing, roll ...
5 The “Sacred Tradition of Humanity”
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W. K. Clifford is often portrayed as a poster-boy for reason. That doesn ’ t really do the man justice; but it is true in its way. Before his death at the age of thirty-four, Clifford anticipated aspects of Einstein ’ s theory of relativity, invented an algebra later named children ’ s stories, and even survived a shipwreck off the Italian ...
6 Truth and the Pathos of Distance
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A ubiquitous picture of the academy divides it into “ two cul-tures, ” to use C. P. Snow ’ s familiar phrase. One culture, the sciences, is in the business of acquiring objective knowledge, of telling us the truth about the world. The other culture, the arts else. Just what else is hard to say — broadening the imagination, ...
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...reason and its relevance to our lives. I have argued that this is brating its alleged role as ruler of the passions, and in its ability We don ’ t need to throw up our hands and say that everything are related. In one picture, our beliefs are like a building. Most of these beliefs, including those that inform our everyday life, ...
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Publication Year: 2012