[ExI] a little essay on anger and respect

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Wed Apr 26 05:11:57 UTC 2023

On Tue, Apr 25, 2023 at 1:24 PM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> On 25/04/2023 17:42, bill w wrote:
>  Belief overrides reason almost every time
> for the vast majority of people.  spike
> How do you know this,  Spike and Ben?

It's a consequence of evolution.  People have been selected for belief
to trump reason because genes for doing so survived better.

It's the subject of that paper one person looked at.


What is the basis for your belief?  Just a general cynicism about
humans?  'People are getting dumber'- a question on Quora this morning
for me.  My answer - how do you know this?  "Well, doesn't everyone
know these things?"  Nope.
> A better sentence:  many times irrational ideas override reason.  But it varies from person to person, just like anything else.  I think perhaps extremists at either end of the spectrum will fit the statement better.  Statements that apply to most of the human race are very difficult to make in a valid way.   bill w
> No argument from me. "many times" ~= "almost every time". And yes, of course, there will always be outliers. Evolution guarantees it.
> Ben
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