THUNK – 64. The Argumentative Theory of Human Reason

If humans evolved reason to find truth, it’s weirdly flawed. But what if it evolved for the purpose of argument?

-Links for the Curious-

The foundational paper for the argumentative theory, by Hugo Mercier & Dan Sperber –

Less Wrong, a blog & community dedicated to overcoming cognitive biases to get at rationality –

The Wikipedia list of cognitive biases (truly awe-inspiring) –

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