[FoRK] Lion, rationality, reason, and seriousness

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Wed May 9 14:50:50 PDT 2007

Coincidentally, this has been a very passionate week for me.  ;-)  Man, 
keep this up and I'll have a real "world revolves around me" complex.  
Oh, I have that already.  ;-)

Passion, and emotion in general, can be seen as probabilistic bias 
variables factored into our logical decision making.  Although sometimes 
opaque, probabilistic, fuzzy, and slow to retrain, sometimes shallow, 
usually parrational, and sometimes irrational or non-rational, passion 
and emotion are the result of a parallel system of processing in our 
brains.  That doesn't make them useless or always a negative force.

An effective superrational person filters and seeds passion and emotion 
to boost logic and logical goals while not falling prey to false 
conclusions, bias, and other forms of running off the tracks due to 
unfettered and unexamined emotions.  (And one of those logical goals 
might be recovery from being too logical for too long...)

Quite a number of people actively resist any suggestion or mechanism 
that seeks to explain, channel, or modify their emotional whims.  
"That's how I feel." is sufficient explanation and cannot be 
questioned.  That the result is poor decision making and / or 
expectations is perceived to be someone else's fault.

A superrational who is not passionate or emotional has turned off or 
otherwise suppressed and ignored their emotions, like a Vulcan, without 
making use of the energy and alternate processing power of their 
"limbic" [1] system. [2]

I am passionate about a number of things, yet I work to remain 
superrational.  It seems like a harmonious and effective way to 
operate.  I can't say that it's likely that people would come to the 
more complete version of it randomly, by example, or even by having it 
spelled out.

[1] A General Theory of Love

[2] http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/04/irrationality_o.html
> Are our sex drives irrational? Absolutely, yes.
> Should we consider sex to be as pernicious and harmful as lotteries?
> No, we should regard it as being beneficial and essential for the 
> control/relief of our irrational sex drives.
> It is celibacy that should be regarded as pernicious and harmful 
> (assuming celibacy is defined to include abstention from 
> masturbation). This kind of celibacy allows our irrational sex drives 
> to wreak havoc on our mental health, and the concomitant stress and 
> frustration can't be good for our cardiovascular health, making 
> celibacy akin to having a poor diet or to smoking cigarettes in terms 
> of its perniciousness.
> Sex drives are irrational; sexual activity protects us from their 
> pernicious influence. It is interesting that by surrendering to the 
> tyranny of these irrational drives, we can keep their pernicious 
> influence at bay. 


Albert S. wrote:
> Lion,
> I found it funny/entertaining also.
> I assume that instead of(or in addition to) exhibiting
> your own particular passions, you are making some
> point. You think that passions play a dominant role
> with respect to reason. For the majority of people
> this may very well be the case. However, it is reason
> that makes us different from other animals. By this,
> one could argue that those who raise reason above
> passion are more human.
> --- Lion Kimbro <lionkimbro at gmail.com> wrote:
>>     "Rationalize your existence!  *wpsh!* DO IT! 
> Evolution!
> Regards,
> Albert
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