Maybe it's me but looking through the news recently there really seems to be a surge in the amount of people's actions that can only be explained by them getting emotional and acting on it rather than using cold hard logic. In some ways it seems society(across the world, or atleast across the parts where news is often reported from) has drifted away from the idea that logic and science are the cure for all the world's problems and fallen towards a culture laden with quackery,delusion and belief. Ignorance is seen as an asset, many boast about being "not good at mathematics" and short term joy is seen as a substitute for long term success. Right now i challenge you to look through any newspaper you have to hand and draw up two tallys, one to count stories reporting an action(by an individual, a government or some other group) that could be the result of a reasoned decision and a second tally counting the number of stories reporting an action where the acting knew of no obvious benefit to themselves and acted irrationally. I have done this myself a couple of times and cam to the conclusion that irrational actions are far more numerous than those done for logical cost/benefit reasons. I also think that over time this has been veering further towards emotion, perhaps as a consequence of it being considered more important than logic in modern society. From this you can probably guess that my opinion is that as a more rational species we could achieve more both individually and as a whole. Do YOU think that we are getting more emotional, or perhaps you've seen signs of people becoming more rational? Would it be better in your opinion for our species to be more emotional, or more rational? With emotion we have art, music,the "always right, always wrong" morality,climate change denial and genocide. With reason we get science,mathematics, technology,selfishness and lying. In the end what's better for life, what's better for progress?
I hope this topic isn't too controversial or shocking and hope the intro isn't too biased. Keep it calm and enjoy the debate.