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A behaviour and by extension a Behavioural Disposition is instrumentally rational iff it maximises the subjective probability for a System to achieve a certain goal given an Environment and the available Knowledge about it.

Someone displays instrumental rationality insofar as she adopts suitable means to her ends.Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Such an understanding of rationality

is within the intersection of all theories of rationality (and perhaps nothing else is). In this sense, instrumental rationality is the default theory, the theory that all discussants of rationality can take for granted, whatever else they think.Nozick (1993), 133

On this view, Rationality is an evolved strategy, aiming for success within an evolutionary environment.

Beyond that, Rationality means reaching a reflective equilibrium, which is also true of a Theory of rationality itself – it has to reach an equilibrium between its empirical and normative parts. The latter are a reflection of the fact that A theory of rationality articulates practices.

Perceived irrationality is rooted in actual rationality are related in various non-obvious ways.


A Theory of Rationality Articulates Practices

Any Theory of Rationality is normative – it describes how a rational agent should evaluate beliefs, not how they in fact evaluate them.

Cities Are Innovative Because They Tolerate Crazy People

In contrast to companies, cities generate more Innovation per capita the larger they are because they “tolerate crazy people”Geoffrey West, quoted in Brand (2011).


Contrary to the conventional view that they are hard-wired into our brain and different from and often at odds with our Rationality, emotions are constructed from the Interoception of bodily Feelings, interpreted in the light of experience and Culture: They emerge as a combination of the physical properties of your body, a flexible brain that wires itself to whatever Environment it develops in, and your culture and upbringing, which provide that environment.

Epistemic Colonialism

Epistemic colonialism is the use of Power to force a System of thought, often an Ideology, onto an area of thought and a population of thinkers that have every right to organise and be organised differently to deal adequately with their specific experiential context.

Rationalism Is Not Rational

Rationalism à la Eliezer Yudkowsky has two connected fundamental flaws – an ontological and an epistemological one.

Rationality Is an Evolved Strategy

It is a fact about our social and epistemic lives that Rationality is a norm that guides our thinking about beliefs and hypotheses; it is a Concept we use to direct thinking and discourse.

Rationality Means Reaching a Reflective Equilibrium

Rationality is an evolved strategy, aiming for success within an evolutionary environment.