Reviews Soundings

Being non-rational rather than irrational

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1129
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. 1Gloucestershire

    My realisation that people are not even remotely rational beings came rather late. I think I was at that confusing time towards the end of childhood when the mocking adolescent in you begins to realise that people are generally somewhat frailer and more complicated that you thought. You begin to treat your parents more kindly, and the certainties that seemed blindingly obvious in your first foray into reason become less so. I suspect, though, that …

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