Follow-up post at Big Think: “Why Failing the Rationality Quiz Shouldn’t Alarm You”

Recent best-selling books by cognitive psychologists point toward a thesis of human irrationality — a claim that hasn’t greeted with enough critical analysis by political philosophers.

If you took the three-question quiz linked here last week, chances are you answered some items incorrectly. I argue today that the human capacity for reason may be fragile and partial but is not belied by studies in which large percentages of subjects answer a few tricky questions incorrectly.

Public Reason members and readers are invited to contribute their reactions and insights.


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