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Dan Sperber


HERE’S an interesting article dug out by Steve Webster, which is relevant to a discussion we were having at a meeting of Salisbury for Europe on 18 September.

Also relevant to this debate is an excellent book called The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber, which features in an article I wrote for this blog called Where is reason? In it they seek to topple formal logic from its pedestal and restore reasoning proper to its evolutionary function.

They write: “In our interactionist account, reason’s bias and laziness aren’t flaws; they are features that help reason fulfil its function…Reason properly understood as a tool for social interaction is certainly not perfect, but flawed it is not.”

It is this approach to reasoning, I believe, that forms one of the building blocks of Salisbury Democracy Café.