[ExI] The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning

spike spike66 at att.net
Thu Jun 16 05:07:15 UTC 2011

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[mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Gordon

>...theory: reason evolved not to ascertain truth but rather to aid us in
arguing with others. It is primarily a social function. 


Hmmm perhaps they were advancing the theory merely to facilitate social

>...I wonder... assuming this theory is "true" then how shall we ever know

Most of the function of any theory is to provide a guide in the search for
evidence.  It's an interesting concept.  I will ponder it, then watch and

>...But I'm willing to listen to other arguments. :)  -gts

Ja, but how can we ever be sure you are listening to other arguments?  You
might be in it just for the social status.



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