How do you notice when you're rationalizing?

The problem is not with 'rationalization'. Many mathematical proofs started with a [unfounded] belief that some conjecture is true, yet are perfectly valid as the belief has been 'rationalized' using solid logic.

The problem is faulty logic; if your logic is even a small bit off on every inference step, then you can steer the chain of reasoning towards any outcome. When you are using faulty logic and rationalizing, you are steering into some outcome that you want. When you are using faulty logic and you are actually thinking what is true, then you just acc... (read more)

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How do you notice when you're rationalizing?

by AnnaSalamon 1 min read2nd Mar 201285 comments

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How do you notice when you're rationalizing?  Like, what *actually* tips you off, in real life?

I've listed my cues below; please add your own (one idea per comment), and upvote the comments that you either: (a) use; or (b) will now try using.

I'll be using this list in a trial rationality seminar on Wednesday; it also sounds useful in general.