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September 06, 2009

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People are generally reliable about the practical things concerning them but seldom acquire much intellectual rigor. Only so many have the innate ability, even fewer have the inclination, and for those it remains a struggle, similar to maintaining a rich vocabulary — it takes maintenance.

Personally, I think that among the smarter people there is still a misunderstanding of how reason operates, which results in a another kind of credulity. "Rationalism" can mean different things, but the rationalism at the focus of many of the philosophical debates of the last few centuries is more theoretical than empirical (i.e., "evidence-based").

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