Thursday, January 27, 2005

Can you dance to reason?

There is an interesting discussion going on over at Winds of Change. This is one of my contributions to the thread:


Going to protests and actively participating makes you high. At least that was the effect on me when I marched in the 60s.

Too many here are treating what goes on as rational discourse (semi rational any way). The rational is the smallest and least effective part of the human brain.

Brain chemistry designed for animal survival has more to do with human nature than reason. Reason is hard (just try to get the average person interested - let alone capable - in partial differential calculus or quantum mechanics or Maxwell's theories or cross products in vector algebra) feeling good in the company of celebrating (whatever) humans is easier. We were tribal way before the invention of the steam engine.

I wonder if you can dance to reason? Or hum the tune?

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