[ExI] Meta question

rex rex at nosyntax.net
Wed Aug 17 20:51:03 UTC 2016

William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> [2016-08-17 12:12]:

>    Actually, if you want a discussion about irrationality with this
>    psychologist, you can have one any time, but be prepared for ARistotle,
>    Plato, Freud, Jung, Adler, Pinker et alia.  The word 'strategy' seems a
>    bit odd.  That is, if one can recognize that a rational strategy and an
>    irrational strategy exists, why would pick the irrational?  Or is that
>    your question?

Because "free will" is an adaptive illusion?

Or, "irrational" depends upon the assumptions (AKA postulates). Suitably change
the assumptions and voila, the irrational strategy becomes a rational strategy.

"Mild autism can give you a genius like [Albert] Einstein. If you have severe 
autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don't want people to be on the severe 
end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you 
wouldn't have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social 'yak yaks.'"
   -- Temple Grandin.

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