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- adj. Contrary to reason; lacking an appropriate or sufficient reason; irrational.
- adj. Lacking the ability to reason.
- adj. Not within the domain of what can be understood or analyzed by reason; outside the competence of the rules of reason.
- adj. Not based on one's own interests; inconsistent with utility maximization.
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It is, however, "non-rational" in the sense that it may be very personal, emotional and existential -- a different kind of truth from the process of seeking objective universal truth.
It is a non-rational intuition of the truth, goodness and beauty that lie alongside the darkness in any human heart; an intuition that spurs us to actions that transcend our drive for personal gain and even survival.
In a debate with Hitchens a few years ago, the journalist Chris Hedges made the point that Hitchens fulminated against the irrational without admitting the existence of the non-rational.
We also have feelings (which are largely non-rational), desires (often the same), etc.
This would, indeed, make my decision non-rational.
I make plenty of non-rational decisions, so does everybody else.
What I needed to change wasn't my official beliefs but the non-rational cancer of prejudice inculcated into me by the Bronze Age biblical mythology I was raised on.
Only a post-modern, multi-cultural, cultural-relative, non-rational analysis could conclude that corruption was subjective.
Why are Republicans so good at propagating non-rational propaganda?
The second, called "non-rational propaganda," is not necessarily aligned with anyone's "enlightened self-interest," but is instead "dictated by, and appeals to, passion."
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