It has long been thought that thinking rationally and disinterestedly is a goal that only makes sense in academic fields like philosophy and science. Don't accept this.
Whether it is everyday decision making, effectively arguing a point, or avoiding falling into a fallacy, thinking rationally can improve all of our lives across the board. A growing body of voices has called for bringing the tools of reason down from the ivory tower:
Philosopher Daniel Dennett is one of the loudest and most convincing of those voices. he has recently published a book, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, which aims to teach the techniques that philosophers use to think and reason, and to allow them to be applied to any setting.
Julia Galef, President of the Center For Applied Rationality, which teaches us how to overcome our cognitive biases, loudly and effectively makes the case that the "Spock" idea of rationality as opposite to humanity and emotion is wrong and outmoded. Reason, she explains, complements those most fundamental and human parts of life.
And countless other voices are proclaiming the skills and lessons we need to know to properly fit rationality into our lives.
From this ragtag movement, we can all learn to think better, to choose better, and, from that, to live better.