Caveman Logic


This book looks interesting:

Caveman Logic: The Persistence of Primitive Thinking in a Modern World.

(Via Integral Options Cafe.)

The press release makes some good points, and it is an interesting exploration. Why do we sometimes resist a more rational view? And what can be done about it when we notice it in ourselves, or encounter it in others?

It is also interesting to note that the author appears to mix in his own beliefs which muddles the logic slightly.

Davis laments a modern world in which more people believe in ESP, ghosts, and angels than in evolution. Superstition and religion get particularly critical treatment, although he argues that religion, itself, is not the problem but “an inevitable by-product of how our minds misperform.

It is not quite ESP, ghost and angels versus science and evolution. It is about how we relate, not what we relate to.

It is perfectly possible to be curious about ESP, ghost, UFOs and other mysterious phenomena, and take a pragmatic and scientific approach to it. We can study it through science and be quite receptive and open to whatever we may find.

And it is also perfectly possible to have a blind and irrational belief in atheism or particular scientific models, pretending those views and models are true when we know that atheism is just another unproven philosophy and any scientific model will be outdated and obsolete at some point in the future. (And that goes for our most basic worldview as well, and our most basic assumptions about life and existence.)

When we mix in our own beliefs as Davis does, it is also easy to be caught up in shadow projections. To get caught up in the “I am right, you are wrong” dynamics and all that comes with it.

And as always, this is a mirror for myself. I see Davis being caught up in his own beliefs, so how am I doing the same? How am I doing the same in relation to him right now? Can I find other specific examples from my own life?

In this case, it is perfectly possible – even likely – that I am horribly unfair and assign views to the author that he does not hold. I haven’t even read his book. I am just using it to make a point.



  • article
    • good points, interesting exploration – why do we sometimes resist a more rational approach, what can be done about it
    • the author, mixes in his own beliefs
    • really, is just how we relate to something (ghosts, god, science)
    • not what we relate to
    • when mix in own beliefs, also caught up in shadow projections
    • is a mirror for me, how do I do the same

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