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  • adj. Alternative spelling of non-rational.

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  • adj. obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation
  • adj. not based on reason


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  • True that ads drive brand loyalty in nonrational ways dealing with a particular product.

    IPSC: trademark and the consumer

  • We have no ability to envision, or to say much that makes sense about, either a rationality that transcends time and space or a nonrational process that brought time and space into being.


  • The German word Einfühling literally means “feeling into another” and conveys the somewhat primitive, nonrational quality of empathy.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • Pareto's 1901 essay "The Rise and Fall of Elites," conveys two themes to which Schumpeter would return time and time again: the inevitability of elites, and the importance of nonrational and nonlogical drives in explaining social action.

    Jerry Muller on Schumpeter, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • In such circumstances, arguments are invented to justify actions that were arrived at before the facts were examined, motivated by nonrational drives.p. 306:

    Jerry Muller on Schumpeter, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Arguing over such things and what they mean is great fun, so it's disappointing, part-way into "Mind Over Money," to see the show staggering toward a pit of ancient dung about an alleged struggle between economists who believe in efficient markets and study price signals, and behaviorists who study examples of seemingly nonrational economic behavior, such as "present bias."

    Too Crazed to Trade?

  • The idea of the Rapture, then, is Modernity's shadow, the unexpected, unscientific, and nonrational child of the rationalism that made it inevitable.

    John R. Coats: What's Real About the Rapture?

  • What if what makes us ill, in illness, is precisely what is nonscientific, nontechnical, or nonrational and cannot be so described?


  • In other words, the ticket owners dramatically overvalued the tickets simply because they already had them, and when asked, they invented a lot on nonrational, emotional reasons for not wanting to sell.

    Standing By Their Men

  • For you then, what is the point of defending a position that you think you believe because it's rational – when in actuality it's not the rationality of the position that compelled you to believe it …. it's just the result of an interplay of atoms and molecules – ultimately determined by nonrational laws of nature that govern a nonrational universe.

    Blurring the Line


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