Wouldn't it be nice?
Thinking rationally means not being led astray by misleading information, false assumptions and bad arguments. As Daniel Willingham writes for the Scientific American Blog:
It's not always easy:
And there are things that get in the way — cognitive biases
What I found surprising is that when we train ourselves to think more rationally (through that pesky process called education) that training typically does not cross into other domains of life:
That goes a long way towards explaining how someone can be extremely well educated, but still fall victim to believing silly things outside their own sphere of expertise. I'm reminded of a recent US presidential candidate and acclaimed neurosurgeon who didn't know enough about biology to understand the theory of evolution.
The full article is available at the Scientific American blog.