Gotham Diary:
Reasonable But Not Rational
21 December 2011

Today at the DBR: Suffering some sort of fever, I rant a bit about the delusion of rationality. What bootstrappers the Greek philosophers were. Yes, man is capable of rationality, every now and then, in small doses, but rarely in the face of emotional conflict. It’s a long way from who we really are to “the rational animal,” which of course hasn’t been invented yet. There’s something profoundly oxymoronic about the term, really.