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193.  Nothing is more remarkable than the spread of scepticism or rationalism during the latter half of my life.  (God & Scepticism & Rationalism & Atheism)  Charles Darwin, Autobiography: Religious Belief 

 

 

2,312.  One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.  (Reason & Rational & Temper)  Oscar Wilde

 

 

97,535.  I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal.  It was the most premature definition ever given.  Man is many things, but he is not rational.  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray 

 

 

4,219.  We kid ourselves we’re rational beings but what we really are is open wounds on legs.  See, if you want to stay rational, don’t live.  (Humanity & Rational & Life's Like That)  Ian Pattison, Rab C Nesbitt, Property

 

 

9,123.  People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.  (Philosophy & Rational & Logic)  W B Yeats

 

 

12,687.  Christian theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit, it is opposed to every other form of rational thinking.  (Christianity & Science & Rational)  H L Mencken, US editor, 1880-1956

 

 

25,932.  Lesson#2:  Rationality will not save us.  (War & Rationality)  Robert S McNamara, The Fog of War 2003, director Errol Morris, music Philip Glass

 

 

41,290.  Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.  (Absolutism & Rational)  Bertrand Russell, Am I an Atheist or an Agnostic? A Plea for Tolerance in the Face of New Dogmas 1947

 

 

86,380.  It has been said that man is a rational animal.  All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.  Bertrand Russell

 

 

47,653.  Past and present religious atrocities have occurred not because we are evil but because it is a fact of Nature that the human species is biologically only partly rational.  (Evil & Religion & Rationality)  Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p8

 

 

52,794.  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.  (Creatures & Rational)  J G Ballard

 

 

59,065.  The battle for evolution is just a skirmish in a larger war.  A larger war for rationality, for scepticism, for critical thinking, for a rational scientific view.  (Atheism & Rationality & Scepticism & Criticism & Science & Evolution & Religion)  Richard Dawkins, with Dan Dennett & Sam Harris & Ayaan Hirsi Ali, GAC Melbourne 2012

 

 

71,254.  Being a sceptic just means being rational and empirical: thinking and seeing before believing.  (Empirical & Rational & Sceptic)  Michael Shermer 

 

 

73,074.  My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.  (Flattery & Rational & Women)  Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

 

 

77,453.  By the way the point between rationality and what we would call the irrational is a very difficult point to establish.  There’s no specific line, as you know.  (Irrational & Rational)  Leo Ornstein

 

 

86,372.  What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational.  W E F Hagel, Philosophy of Right 1821

 

 

77,457.  There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women.  Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.  (Irrational & Rational)  Albert Ellis

 

 

77,458.  Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.  (Irrational & Rational & Poetry)  Vladimir Nabokov  

 

 

86,373.  The ratio between the irrational and the rational in America is very much in favour of the irrational.  There is much greater unhappiness.  Much more suffering.  Much more.  A sadder country than one would imagine from the advertisement that you get.  A much more problematic country.  (Rational & Irrational)  Professor Martin Bergmann, Army psychoanalyst 1943-1945

 

 

86,374.  I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures.  None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.  Jane Austen, Persuasion 

 

 

86,375.  Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.  Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility  

 

 

6,178.  Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.  (Society & Insanity & World & Psychology & Rational)  R D Laing
 

 

86,377.  Rational behavior requires theory.  Reactive behavior requires only reflex action.  W Edwards Deming

 

 

86,378.  Fuck rational thought.  George Carlin, Napalm & Silly Putty

 

 

86,379.  Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn't the will to do what is right.  (Rational & Ethics)  Alexander Solzhenitsyn    

 

 

86,381.  There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.  Joseph Heller

 

 

86,382.  For action to be rational, the beliefs on which it is based must themselves be well founded.  In turn, this requirement is divided into two parts.  On the one hand, the beliefs must be unbiased with respect to the information the agent possesses; on the other hand, he must gather an optimal amount of information.  Jon Elster, Reason and Rationality 2009

 

 

86,383.  The ‘rational expectations’ school holds that agents do not know the future, but they formulate their expectations on the basis of a satisfactory knowledge (i.e. a theory) of how the economy functions.  If we add propositions to the effect that each agent's decisions are based on its maintained theory of system behavior, that general equilibrium theory is an apt representation of the world, and that those whose behavior is consistent with this apt theory will be successful, then an equilibrium and equilibrating view of the economy emerges ... If the economy does not conform to the general equilibrium theory, if it is endogenously unstable, and if units behave accordingly, then rational expectations will exacerbate instability.  (Rational & Economics)  Hyman P Minsky, Stabilizing the Unstable Economy