A historical and cognitive guide to why rational thinking fails to persuade.

From the beginning philosophers have quarreled over rationalism and empiricism, building between thinkers a wall that, as far as I know, has never been breached. Empiricists trust experience above all else. When an idea falls outside the realm of their experience, they reject it because it falls outside the realm of their experience. To the rationalist this sounds suspiciously circular. They prefer to establish rules and principles and when experience contradicts their rules, they find it suspicuous. Why? Because it breaks their rules.

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