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Also: Logic

Rationality is holding ourselves accountable to the bounds of logic and evidence, even when it is uncomfortable to do so. When we are rational, we work to avoid our natural biases, like listening only to evidence that supports our point of view or selfish interests. Instead, we earnestly seek to follow reasoning and evidence where they lead, knowing that we will often fail but also knowing that intelligence is one of humanity's great gifts.


When we are rational we recognize that intuition and emotion are most valuable when combined with thoughtful analysis. Reason helps us to understand the roots and causes of our feelings and intuitions—guiding how we act upon them.


An important part of rationality is humility, the recognition that no matter how careful we try to be, at times we will be blind to our own limitations. We welcome community with others who can see our blind spots and help us to grow.