If reason is what makes us human, then why do we humans often
behave so irrationally? Taking us from desert ants to Aristotle,
cognitive psychologists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber explore how
our 'flawed superpower' of reason works, how it doesn't, and how it
evolved to help us develop as social beings. 'Original and
provocative ... likely to have a big impact on our understanding of
ourselves' Steven Pinker 'Brilliant, elegant and compelling ...
turns reason's weaknesses into strengths, arguing that its supposed
flaws are actually design features that work remarkably well ... A
timely and necessary book' Julian Baggini, Financial Times 'Hugo
Mercier and Dan Sperber have solved one of the most important and
longstanding puzzles in psychology' Jonathan Haidt 'Reason is more
likely to confirm things that we want to be true, or which we
already believe. So why does it exist? This book provides the
answer' Alex Dean, Prospect
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