The Strange Tale of a New Species of Lizard

The Strange Tale of a New Species of Lizard

Were the First Artists Mostly Women?

Were the First Artists Mostly Women?

People Argue Just to Win, Scholars Assert

Now some researchers are suggesting that reason evolved for a completely different purpose: to win arguments. Rationality, by this yardstick (and irrationality too, but we’ll get to that) is nothing more or less than a servant of the hard-wired compulsion to triumph in the debating arena. According to this view, bias, lack of logic and other supposed flaws that pollute the stream of reason are instead social adaptations that enable one group to persuade (and defeat) another. Certitude works, however sharply it may depart from the truth.

From NYTimes

Interesting.