This episode is about the
role of rational thinking in life. Rational thinking is a
discipline of self-mastery, similar to the discipline of achieving
physical fitness. I tackle some misconceptions about rational
thinking and answer these questions:
What does cognitive science tell us about thinking
If you want to think
rationally, what role do your emotions play? Is there a conflict
between thinking rationally and experiencing feelings? In this
episode, I explain the history of ideas around reason and emotion,
and provide an overview of how to think rationally about feelings.
Although the Enlightenment was a...
So far, the Thinking
Rationally series has generated more listener feedback than any
previous episodes! In this episode, I respond to feedback on the
topic of faith versus reason. Here are the questions covered:
Can reason be accommodated within religious faith?
transforms your life, by giving you autonomy and the freedom of the
individual. Since it spread during the Enlightenment, rational
thinking has also transformed society and created the modern world.
Yet many influential philosophers explicitly rejected rational
thinking, because they understood where...