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“This becomes obvious when that which is "abnormal" invokes a conditioned disgust response, an affect of pre-rational revulsion, the sort of profound and unconsidered (perhaps unconsiderable) abhorrence that leads to the action being vitriolically condemned as an "abomination".”
“Magical thinking is best thought of as pre-rational reasoning.”
“It's a un- or pre-rational feeling, pure emotion and physicality, like I'm going to expire on the spot.”
“When individuals are unable to adapt to the world and establish control through rational means, they naturally revert to pre-rational modes of adaptation, following, specifically, the principles of operant conditioning excessively. 1 This involves increasing behavior that was followed by success and decreasing behavior that was followed by failure.”
“If we can't logically prove God's existence, then isn't God just a wishful delusion, a manipulative construct of control-based religion, or a pre-rational fantasy?”
“We may prize reason, but our limbic system -- the reptile part of our brain, the governor of our emotions, the seat of pleasure and fear and attention and memory -- is pre-rational.”
“People who think as she does are largely pre-rational in their beliefs, which can't be defeated with reason - she and people like her will hold tighter and tighter to her faith the more she is challenged.”
“Identity politics, in the modern sense, is associated with ideologies, but for Connolly, identity formations go down to pre-rational consolidations.”
“Identity has its animal or perhaps even mineral basis and worse, the ideational immixture in the pre-rational psychology makes identity vulnerable to sub-rational behavioral conditioning, a political lesson all fundamentalist and totalitarian ideologies know only too well.”
“The latter sometimes seems easy and comfortable but it leads to nightmares- it promises the transcendant Divine, but actually leads to a worldview which falsely inscribes the themes of our pre-rational social-animal existence onto the universe, in jarring contradiction to what reason shows the universe and the human situation to look like.”
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