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Maxcady10001 wrote:Besides numbers, what can ever be rational? Is any decision rational? Is our behavior ever rational? Rational, meaning logical and of sound judgement.
Rationality, I believe is impossible, because of all that we don't know. This has probably been said many times over, but I would like to see if I understand the argument. We can never act rationally, because we cannot know all of the consequences of our actions. An example: I am driving and I see a child run into the street. I turn hard and I end up hitting a second child I did not see. I did not have knowledge of the second child, so I could not have acted rationally to avoid the child. But, there could always be another child I do not know about, so how could I ever act rationally? I believed I was acting rationally when I swerved away from the first child, but I was only hitting another.
Because we can never obtain full knowledge, we can never act rationally. Also, because we can never have full knowledge, is all action valueless? If we don't know the consequences of our actions how can they be judged. No action can be judged or interpreted as bad or good, if the consequences when the action took place were unknown. If all actions are not rational and do not have any value, why do people continue to place values everywhere?
Maxcady10001 wrote:In response to Greta, a claim to rationality is, I believe a claim to perfection. Subjectively, a claim to perfect information, from their perspective, when acting in the moment. I don't believe anyone can behave objectively rational, that is with all information.
Maxcady10001 wrote:In response to Burning Ghost, it depends on what kind of information you possess. if you believe everyone you meet will attempt to kill you it may be rational to kill them first. It really depends on the reality you live in, if you live in an apocalyptic world or some kind of zombie planet, every person you meet may be trying to kill you, so a rational person may kill them first. I don't know when you will read this, as it is currently 4:50 am
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