Re: virus: Being a slave to <reason> leads inevitably to delusion

joe dees (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 23:11:07 -0500

At Thu, 18 Feb 1999 22:15:19 EST, you wrote:
>In a message dated 2/18/99 7:57:07 PM Central Standard Time,
><< >>Now, where were we? Ah, yes..
> Being a slave to <reason> leads inevitably to delusion.<<
> Okay, I will try to give this a true meaning. If you believe that there is
> only one possible reasonable conclusion to any question, you will probably
> turn into a genuine "logic nazi" and will fill your own and perhaps others
> lives with delusion. Being consistently rational, is not the same thing as
> this.>>
>The primary cause of logic nazi syndrome, is a failure to distinguish between
>justifications which can be reasonable and varied, and rational criticism,
>which is uncompromisingly consistent. Realizing this distinction allows us to
>understand that reasonable, rational people can differ on the answer to any
>one given question, while allowing us appreciate that the process of rational
>criticism is assymetrical, tending to create more agreements, than
>I have detected some of this "logic nazi" behavior in some very orthodox
>Objectivists. While Objectivism has some very commendable aspects to it, some
>which I have tried to incorporate myself, there does seem to be a very heady
>tendency among more naive and emotionally charged individuals encountering
>Objectivism for the first time, to slip into this logic nazi mode. Indeed
>some have speculated that this ferver engulfed the Objectivist movement for
>quite some time after the Branden/Rand split. This ferver may have prevented
>Objectivism from achieving the greater philosophical maturity that some
>individuals had hoped for it.
>This particular link is very informative on this interesting dynamic.
> Pancritical Rationalism -
Joe E. Dees
Poet, Pagan, Philosopher

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