Is reason a way to uncover the truth? Or is it a weapon? Or is it both? "Some researchers are suggesting that reason evolved for a completely different purpose [than discovering the truth]: to win arguments. Rationality, by this yardstick (and irrationality too, but well get to that) is nothing more or less than a servant of the hard-wired compulsion to triumph in the debating arena."Of course, this is the thesis of French social scientists--who else? But they seem to have some interested partners on this side of the pond. NYTimes.Finally, a proof for the superiority of a Jesuit education.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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