The Point of Thinking

“Human cognition never evolved for accuracy… Evolution doesn’t program us for truth, but for survival. The point of our thoughts is practical — not epistemological. They’re there to improve our lives (or our chances of survival)… “Being right” is only valuable to that end, but is not the ultimate goal… By extension, we shouldn’t evaluative the content of our beliefs on whether they are “right”, but on how well they make our lives go…”

Maarten van Doorn is a PhD candidate in philosophy who writes Medium posts and a personal blog.

Bruce Sheridan