Feelings are not rational

Posted by  $  Solver 5 months ago to Philosophy
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Watch Ayn Rand talk about this on the one minute YouTube video.
(Note: the short video is currently unavailable.)

Here is the full video, https://youtu.be/1ixclrtypKo
The short video started at about the 1:45 mark.

What do you feel about this?
What do you think about this?
SOURCE URL: https://youtu.be/cViLYwB3vPg


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  • Posted by  $  mminnick 5 months ago
    Two totally different questions that are frequently used synonymously.
    Most people have feelings first then develop a "rational" explanation about why they have the feelings. This does not always yield reasonable results.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 5 months ago
    Suppose you rationally pursue the goals of making money and getting free time to sip Oban scotch in a place with a peaceful view of a city. Rational honest interactions get you there. But why Oban and not some other treat like good ice cream? Why a view of a city instead of a cabin in the woods? Maybe you can think of some reasons, but at some point you get to de gustibus non disputandum. You can't reason what you like.
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  • Posted by  $  5 months ago
    I have to disagree with her on this part,
    “...you keep your feelings to yourself.”

    There are definitely times to share your feelings. Just don’t confuse them with rational thinking.
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    • Posted by  $  exceller 5 months ago
      There are situations when you must make a decision under ambivalent conditions, when you have two equally rational choices and not all the facts are in.

      I encountered it many times, in fact that is the norm rather than the exception.

      There is such a thing as a "gut instinct" or "gut feeling" that many of us rely upon when choosing one of the options. Then as things progress, you keep monitoring and adding facts as they become available.

      Pray that your decision was the correct one. Never blame someone else for making it for you.
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