Wall of Barriers Activity: To What Extent Are You Rational?
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Activity:
To What Extent Are You Rational?
Read the sections on rationality and irrationality in The Thinker’s Guide to the Human Mind (You can find these in the Table of Contents). Now that you have read an introduction to rationality and irrationality (or egocentrism), think about the extent to which, overall, you believe you are either rational or irrational.
Answer these questions:
1. If you were to divide yourself into two parts, one being egocentric and the other rational, to what extent would you say you are either? Would you say you are 100% rational, 50% rational and 50% egocentric, or how would you divide yourself?
2. What reasoning would you give to support your answer to number one above?
3. To the extent that you are egocentric, what problems does your egocentrism cause?
4. Does your egocentric thinking tend to cause more problems for yourself or for others? Explain.