[extropy-chat] examples of rational irrationalism

Al Brooks kerry_prez at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 6 03:41:06 UTC 2006

Not everyone goes into bars to over-drink, sometimes they have only one drink and flirt rather than fight. Anyway, when someone is home alone drinking and watching football they are less likely to leave their dwelling to go to a location where they are more likely to get into a drunken fight, or get in a vehicle and DUI. I was trying to say that some irrational thinking & behavior can be less destructive than others, so that irrational thinking & behavior can be default rational.
  Aggressive nationalism is irrational however in an aggressively nationalistic world, aggressive nationalism can mean national survival-- a default rationalism.
  Will terminate this thread before it stretches on to the holidays and into 2007 (sigh of relief from all list members).

      What would he be doing in bars if not drinking?  Does being in bars while sober lead to fisticuffs?  That's not how you usually hear about bar fights starting.  ...And if a guy is not drinking, how is he going to be DUI?  Isn't drinking a prerequisite for DUI?  I'm not sure why vandalism is mitigated by drinking or watching football.  I think a research grant should be secured to give this relationship further study[...] 
 Was this intentionally a subtle meta-example of rational irrationality (self-referentially giving meaning to an almost nonsensical oxymoron?)  If so, bravo.  If not, 'hope I didn't offend - but I thought it was very funny. 

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