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130 Post author: Yvain 24 December 2010 09:26PM

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Comment author: Pumpizmus 09 July 2012 05:43:18PM -2 points [-]

Excuse my noob question, but isn't your subtle anti-religion generalizing implication somehow exactly against the pro-rational attitude this website is spreading?

Also, when it comes to utilitarian ethics and rationality or anything, isn't "discovering the hard way" more fruit-bearing than having to learn in schools?

Comment author: drethelin 20 October 2012 06:06:14AM 5 points [-]

Discovering the hard way generally leads to deeper knowledge, but it's still extremely important to learn about, eg, the germ theory of disease in school. You may not end up knowing as much as its original discoverers about bacteria and their behavior, but you can still spread a lot fewer disease.

Comment author: DanielLC 08 November 2013 07:19:11AM 2 points [-]

Also, when it comes to utilitarian ethics and rationality or anything, isn't "discovering the hard way" more fruit-bearing than having to learn in schools?

In addition to what drethelin said, there's also the problem that discovering it the hard way is hard. Most people fail. That way bears no fruit at all.