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If everyone already knows how to think rationally, then we're screwed ! That means, there really is no better way out of our current and future problems.
The author hopes that few do well on this test, because that means there really is an easy solution, a specialized field of Education.
Let's see how many are happy with their scores.
Assess Your Logic Skill
Can you think through these five problems? No math, no physics, no knowledge of any specialty field is needed. These are general questions which require only fundamental logic unconnected to any specialty field. Answer all five questions to view definitively correct answers. You must answer all five questions plus four true and false to reveal the answers.
Rational thinking is about resolving tasks generally, without employing habit, experience or expertise. The deficiency of relying upon the latter is that the expertise of experience results in the correct resolution 90% of the time, but yields no clue in the 10% that are erroneous. Many of the 90% of correct answers include a warning for caution from experience, but in 10% of cases, the expert walks into an error with no clue of the possibility of error. This is the recipe for disaster, unconscionably so when making decisions which effect the lives of others. Rational decision making is about quantifying the likelihood of error.
Social, political and economics are complex problems involving assessing multiple relationships between many different factors. They are far more complex than these five problems. Anyone with qualified opinions on any of these subjects should have no difficulty maneuvering the simple logical hurdles presented by these five problems. If you are happy with your score, you can publish it in the high score list at the right.
If you are surprised at how difficult these simple problems turn out to be, don't fret. A very common misconception is that we are naturally born with the ability to think logically. Although logic is required to maintain our standard of living, our economy and government, civilization is not a product of the natural world around us. Humans are not born knowing how to think logically. It does not come naturally. It is a learned skill. There are recognized courses of study which teach how to disambiguate any task into sequences of definitive imperatives. (resolve all problems or definitively determine a problem to be intrinsically un-resolvable.)
How Smart Are You?
Five questions which are simple compared to the complexities of politics, economics and society:
Human beings are not born knowing how to think, nor do we learn this instinctively. Our biological and instinctive cognitive skill set is geared to procuring food, to securing relationships with others that help us increase comfort and procure food and to self preservation. This is the only natural function of our brains, to increase the survival rate of each organism.
Most programs of higher education also do not teach thinking. Most present interesting and diverse course subjects, presuming that student picks up the skill of thinking somewhere along the way.
In only a single discipline is the skill of cognitive reason considered a subject in its own right and offers courses dedicated to how information, subjects, issues, and questions can be restated as tasks, then how to determine the task's resolvability or unresolvability, then how to determine what information is required to resolve tasks which are resolvable, then how to resolve tasks which are resolvable and for which the required information is obtainable and also available.
If you resolve tasks poorly, you should refrain from admonishing others to accept your suggestions, until you improve your task resolution proficiency.
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD" Book of Isaiah
What do you have to say about it?