live as a reasonable and ethical person is to live well.
humans are not by nature rational or ethical. Humans are predisposed
to operate in the world in narrow terms of how it can serve
them. Their brains are directly wired into their own pleasure
and pain, not that of others. They do not inherently consider
the rights and needs of others.
humans have the raw capacity to become reasonable and ethical
persons, to develop as fair-minded skilled thinkers. But to
do so requires:
Understanding how the mind works.
2. Using this understanding to develop skills and insights.
guide addresses the first of these requirements. It lays the
conceptual foundations necessary for understanding the mind,
its functions, its natural propensity toward irrationality,
and its capacity for rationality.
is designed for those interested in developing their potential
to be fair-minded reasonable persons, concerned with how their
behavior affects the lives of others, concerned to develop
their full humanity, concerned with making the world a more
civilized and just place.
is designed for those willing to transform their thinking
to improve their decisions, the quality of their lives, the
quality of their interpersonal relationships, and their vision
of the world.
is intended to provide an initial map to help interested persons
begin the process of freeing themselves from the traps their
minds have constructed.