Taboo "rationality," please.

byMBlume10y15th Mar 200954 comments


Related on OB: Taboo Your Words

I realize this seems odd on a blog about rationality, but I'd like to strongly suggest that commenters make an effort to avoid using the words "rational," "rationality," or "rationalist" when other phrases will do.  I think we've been stretching the words to cover too much meaning, and it's starting to show.

Here are some suggested substitutions to start you off.


  • truth-seeking
  • probability updates under bayes rule
  • the "winning way"


  • one who reliably wins
  • one who can reliably be expected to speak truth

Are there any others?