Beyond Unaided-Rationality

Rationality,  given responsibility for governance of human affairs, is now trapped within the limits of reason, and of its advertized success. Its limits then restrict humans to only what reason can see, not the reality that defines reason. Reason, being a small sector of reality, thus tends to encourage narrow vision in humans and then self-perpetuate their mistakes.  Larger systems, I call them non-rational systems, offer much greater capabilities to appreciate. They provide the context for thinking and doing and thus serve to reconnect the fragments, not disconnect and further fragment the human project. The non-rational allows some humans to see how context is everything. Subjects are only fragmented pieces, awaiting further fragmentation. Why do humans tend to avoid context and non-rational phenomena? Too often its clarity does not support or serve the purposes of human happiness. The essence of context is nature. Processes of nature override human projects associated with economic well-being, politician stability, religious meaning, CEO power, MBA subservience, terrorist anger, law enforcement dreams, and simple-mindedness.

Humanly generated immortality projects are often a threat to humans and the context upon which humans depend. The limits of rationality are seen in the operations of these projects. When we can only see segments, with priority to the statistically significant segments, there is little sign of emergent patterns. While the flaws of rationality have long been part of the human condition, the consequences of continuing to believe in it are growing.

Rationality only accommodates about 10% of what we encounter. As such, we need new ways to tap into the resources found within the 90% of the non-rational. It is a messy location, as it includes the difficulties and potentialities of: poetics, aesthetic, religion and politics. It also better accommodates the anger of those frustrated by the narrow thinking of the rationalists.

In 2000 it seemed perfectly rational, to some, that a supreme court would intervene in a democratic election and declare the candidate who didn’t win as their winner. At that time the court claimed their decision to be rational. This has since become an example of the problems in decisions based on unaided rationality.  This has generated signs of the dreaded irrationality societies fear. The resulting irrationality thus generates the distrust in governance. Lacking trust, political process do not long survive.

This website, as created by Gosia Hawk, is a quest to provide light for the battle against the darker forces of unaided rationality. Open to all, even those finding it too early, late, light, or simply irrelevant to their search for meaning.

The intent and content is in honor of those who have lived with little voice and no choice. To them we might say the best way to keep a pot from boiling over is simply “to stir it.” You are invited to join in the stirring of it, and learn something of a better life found in  self-management, self-governance, self-respect, and self-actualization. It ain’t Disney but surely you’ve been there already.