How to Be Rational about Rationality

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Highlights include:

“It is therefore my opinion that religion is here to enforce tail risk management across generations, as its binary and unconditional rules are easy to teach and enforce.

Judging people on their beliefs is not scientific.

There is no such thing as “rationality” of a belief, there is rationality of action.

The rationality of an action can only be judged by evolutionary considerations.

Rationality is not what has conscious verbalistic explanatory factors; it is only what aids survival, avoids ruin.

Rationality is risk management, period.”