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The ups and downs of human thinking, in the book 'Rationality'

One can only marvel at the human brain and its capabilities.

And that comes with plusses and minuses: witness the scientific prowess that led to the development of vaccines to combat COVID-19 in less than a year... and, on the flip side, the people who think that taking said vaccines will make them magnetic.

Steven Pinker makes the case for rational thinking and rational behavior. And in case people don't know what that is, Pinker wrote a whole book: Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.

The book examines our duality, having great brains but believing all kinds of odd things.

Pinker visits the JX to lay out the case.

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