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/ linguistic development, its members increasingly come to question this inordinancy (feelings of worthlessness), and increasingly come to require reasons (justification) for maintaining it (needs for love, purpose, meaning, moral integrity, achievement, wealth, power, fame, religion, etc.). In this view, feelings of worthlessness are not so much an adaptation as a maladaptive byproduct of the evolution of rationality. From this premise, myriads of implications ensue, e.g., that 'being rational' entails (among other things) being valuatively objective/ impartial as in 'love (intrinsically value) your neighbor as yourself'.


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


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)