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  • Julia Galef writting on Prof. Massimo Pigliucci’s blog  wrote an excellent article on Rationally Speaking: How rationality can make your life more awesome I’ll only quote from the last two paragraphs:

    …Rationality breaks your habit of automatically trusting your instinctive, emotional judgments, encouraging you instead to notice the beliefs underlying your emotions and ask yourself whether those beliefs are justified.

    It also trains you to notice when your beliefs about the world are being colored by what you want, or don’t want, to be true. Beliefs about your own abilities, about the motives of other people, about the likely consequences of your behavior, about what happens after you die, can be emotionally fraught. But a solid training in rationality keeps you from flinching away from the truth — about your situation, or yourself — when learning the truth can help you change it.

    I’ve always enjoyed reading Julia Galef’s contributions to Massimo Pigliucci’s  Rationally Speaking blog (Massimo Pigliucci is the author of the book  Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk) but today was the first time I took a trip over to the blog she writes with her brother, Measure of Doubt and I just added it to the list I follow via Google Reader.

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