Mercier 2017

Title The Enigma of Reason: A New Theory of Human Understanding
Authors Mercier, Hugo ; Sperber, Dan
Published 2017
ISBN 1846145570
ISBN13 9781846145575
Bookshelves [ evolution , evolution-society , morality , politics-history , reviewed , science ]
Goodreads ID 32737594
Rating 5
Review A magnificently thought-provoking book. It starts from the question: If rationality is so great, why hasn't evolution furnished it to more than one species, and why has that species (Homo sapiens) got it in such apparently damaged way? Human irrationality is well documented. If rationality is so great, why hasn't it vanquished our more primitive aspects?

I am not going to write about the arguments and conclusions of the book here. I need time to digest it and produce a more reasoned (ha!) text.