Ruminations of a Rationologist


Phil Roberts, Jr.
Moi , back in the days of
my initial 'Aha!' that led to my theory.

Being the blind arational process that she is (natural selection), Mother Nature instills in all her creatures a sense of their own importance (or of the importance of their needs) that is rationally inordinate (e.g., the maximum amount possible). And, as a species reaches a certain stage in its rational/ cultural/ memetic development, its members increasingly come to question this inordinacy, and increasingly come to require reasons (justification) for maintaining it (needs for love, purpose, meaning, moral integrity, dignity, autonomy, etc.).



Papers

presented before
the International Society for Theoretical Psychology,
the International Society for Human Ethology and
the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences


Schematic


Conversations

The Evolutionary Function of Self-Esteem
My Derivation of a Moral 'Ought' from an Epistemic 'Is'
Conversation with Herb Gintis on Gene Selfishness, Gene Culture Co-Evolution, etc.
The Meaning of 'Ought'
My Critique of Behaviorism
Hofstatder's Godel Argument (That Minds Are Different from Machines)
My Critique of Dennett's Heterophenomenology
My "Food Fight" with the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (1981-2)