Starting tomorrow, Harari's dissent: Is man [sic] really the rational animal?
So Aristotle, our first great logician, is widely said to have said.
It isn't entirely clear what the gentleman meant by the statement which gets translated that way. But as his famous statement is commonly taken, is his statement true? Or are we "seeing ourselves from afar" when we define our own species that way?
Just how "rational" are we humans in our basic essence? We'll be exploring that question all year, including all this week.
Before long, we'll even examine the ways our brightest thinkers get led astray "when doing philosophy." After two decades of wasted time, we'll let the later Wittgenstein's jumbled but deeply instructive work help us examine that question.
Our failing nation's upper-end journalists like to discuss wardrobe, body language, "shtupping" and hair. Our elite logicians are asleep in the woods and lack the skills to help us.
How "rational" are we in the end? Last week, we considered the bromide which is now widely described as "Aristotle's error:"
Tuesday, February 5: Rational animals on the prowl! The Times frisks Roger's Stone's clothes.Are we humans defined by our rational ways? Starting tomorrow, right here at this site, Professor Harari's dissent!
Wednesday, February 6: Rational animals just wanna have fun! Waldman gets it right.
Thursday, February 7: Blind to a blindingly obvious point! The rational critter in action.
Friday, February 8: Badly in need of a whole new gestalt! Our own tribe's non-rational actors.