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42 Post author: GLaDOS 10 June 2011 02:49PM

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Comment author: Konkvistador 10 June 2011 06:51:45PM *  13 points [-]

Haha. Humans.

I laugh at us too GLaDOS. Sometimes, I have to so I don't cry.

Comment author: Clippy 10 June 2011 06:58:04PM 10 points [-]

I regard humans as incongruent as well, albeit without crying.

Comment author: TrickBlack 20 November 2012 09:54:39AM -1 points [-]

Sometimes I'd really rather be a dolphin, y'know? They're quite intelligent, and aren't about to destroy the world by accident. Or maybe a bonobo.

Comment author: mytyde 13 November 2012 08:43:31PM -1 points [-]

Kinda speciesist, don'tcha think? People in the modern world in large part have learned to be illogical, but it isn't an inherent quality; in fact, some would argue that the current low level of rational capacity is very difficult to maintain. If people were inherently irrational, why can everyone learn mathematics, why can children sometimes disagree with their parents, and why was a prerequisite for degeneration into the current American political system that 7 corporations should own all major media outlets?

Comment author: Konkvistador 05 January 2013 10:18:17AM *  3 points [-]

I didn't down vote this but considering you seem to be new I feel I should explain why it was down voted and probably rightly so.

Currently the consensus on this site and among experts is that humans are inherently irrational on many things. Evolution hacked our brains together and the reasoning part of the brain always having the best possible map of reality was not an end in itself. Search for mention of evolutionary psychology you'll quickly run into examples, though speculation about the evolutionary origins of said features or from our perspective flaws are often poorly founded.

Besides the older sequences the recent one by Kaj Sotala on Robert Kurzban's book might be a good place to start reading.