Episode 138: Every Thought a Rational One

The Enlightenment view of mankind is a complete myth. It leads us into thinking we’re sane and rational creatures most of the time, and we’re not.
— J. G. Ballard
Respect for another man’s opinion is worthy. It is the realization that any opinion is valuable, for it is the sign of a rational being.
— Sargent Shriver

If you asked most people about their thought-processes, they probably wouldn't question their train of thought. We do not always think about thinking. Generally, we appear quite capable of finding and defending the logic behind our internal decisions. But we do not always envision others within this broad framework and often judge their reasoning through our mental schema and thinking habits. This week we welcome Taylor Scult to discuss an uncommon believe that all thoughts have a basis in rationale. How can we push ourselves to see the logic that others apply to their decisions and behavior? Why might we be more inclined to see the world in terms of black and white logic? Does a belief in truly illogical behavior encourage us to abandon thinking we do not understand?

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