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In Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Webcast, I discussed reasoning by facts rather than emotions. The question was:

How do I know that I’m reasoning based on facts, rather than just being driven by my emotions? Often, I feel strong emotions on some personal or political issue. How do I know that I’m not rationalizing what I want to be true?

My answer, in brief:

By monitoring his thinking, a person can notice the many signs of rationalizing feelings rather than reasoning based on facts. Introspection is the key to noticing and solving this problem.

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