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Hugo Mercier on The Function of Reason

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  • Behaviour change
  • Social brain
  • Philosophy

Watch Hugo Mercier, Cognitive Scientist, in our latest RSA Spotlight - the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event!

Many of us believe our capacity to reason helps us to acquire knowledge and make better decisions - but what if it has an entirely different purpose? Hugo Mercier explains that the essential function of reason is not solitary but social - it exists to help us convince other people or groups of our arguments.

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