The Enigma of Reason

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Harvard University Press, Apr 17, 2017 - Science - 408 pages
If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that reason is not geared to solitary use. It evolved to help justify our beliefs to others, evaluate their arguments, and better exploit our uniquely rich social environment.
 

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In short, the authors argue that reasoning works better in confrontation and in social interaction than in solitary contemplation. It's an entertaining read which includes accounts of many ... Read full review

Contents

A Double Enigma
1
Shaking Dogma
13
Understanding Inference
49
Rethinking Reason
107
What Reason Can and Cannot Do
203
Reason in the Wild
275
In Praise of Reason after All
328
Notes
337
References
357
Acknowledgments
383
Illustration Credits
385
Index
387
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