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Rationality

What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

Paperback Engels 2022 9780141989860
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'In our uncertain age, which can so often feel so dark and disturbing, Steven Pinker has distinguished himself as a voice of positivity.' - New York Times

'If you've ever considered taking drugs to make yourself smarter, read Rationality instead. It's cheaper, more entertaining, and more effective' - Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind

In the twenty-first century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding - and at the same time appears to be losing its mind.

How can a species that discovered vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, quack cures and conspiracy theorizing? In Rationality, Pinker rejects the cynical cliche that humans are simply an irrational species - cavemen out of time fatally cursed with biases, fallacies and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives and set the benchmarks for rationality itself. Instead, he explains, we think in ways that suit the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning we have built up over millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, causal inference, and decision-making under uncertainty.

These tools are not a standard part of our educational curricula, and have never been presented clearly and entertainingly in a single book - until now. Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress.

Brimming with insight and humour, Rationality will enlighten, inspire and empower. 'A terrific book, much-needed for our time' Peter Singer

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ISBN13:9780141989860
Taal:Engels
Bindwijze:paperback
Aantal pagina's:432
Uitgever:Penguin Books
Druk:1
Verschijningsdatum:30-8-2022
Hoofdrubriek:Psychologie
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Over Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker (Montréal, 1954) is een experimenteel psycholoog, en professor in Psychologie aan Harvard University. Hij schreef over taal en intelligentie in onder andere Het taalinstinct (1994), Hoe de menselijke geest werkt (1997), Het onbeschreven blad (2002) en De stof van het denken (2007). Het unieke van Steven Pinker is dat hij zijn antwoorden op zoveel terreinen zoekt: psychologie, taalkunde, evolutiebiologie - en dat maakt hem ook meteen iemand die vanuit veel hoeken op debat en controverse kan rekenen.

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