In Alchemy, Rory Sutherland paraphrases that paper, writing:
"Mercier's argumentative hypothesis suggests reason arose in the human brain not to inform our actions and beliefs, but to explain and defend them to others... Reason is not as Descartes thought, the brain's
science and research and development function--it is the brain's legal and PR department."


Sign in to participate in the conversation

Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct! Thank you. is maintained by Sujitech, LLC.