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Why is "absolute rationality in decision making is an illusion"?



The question is ambiguous.

You could be asking ‘in what respect is our belief that we are rational decision-makers false?’

And you could also be asking ‘in what respect is the very concept of utter rational in decision-making an incoherent one?’

The answer to the first question is: ‘We are reasonably rational at certain junctures, but we tend to be more emotional than we think we are.”

The answer to the second question is: “If one refused to act except on the condition that one’s motivation was completely rational, one would never be in a constant state of analysis paralysis and would therefore never be able to act, which would defeat the purpose of one’s rationality.”


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