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Published: 01 November 2011

200 Pages | 2 line illus.

5 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780199861583

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Why Think?

Evolution and the Rational Mind

Ronald de Sousa

Why Think? What, exactly, is the evolutionary purpose of thinking? In this short and accessible book, Ronald de Sousa shows that in order to understand what is truly important about our reasoning capacity, we need to change our thinking about what rationality actually is. Rationality is not just a way of figuring out the world and acting efficiently in a changing environment; it is the wellspring for our emotions, our imagination, and most importantly, our faculty for language--a faculty which allows us to disagree with each other and develop our own, sometimes conflicting, individual value systems. While this may be inefficient, it is also what ultimately makes us human and explains our startling success.

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