Best I can tell, this idea of the hyper-rational is a weird way of hijacking one of the primary…
Ron Collins

Frighteningly, I did get that. :-) Although I don’t approach rhetoric in quite that mathematical approach. Here’s the way I see it:

It occurs to me that maintaining good social relationships with people, which requires one to be able to sanely and reasonably discuss controversial matters with them, requires one to have a certain and healthy tolerance for ambiguity. Outside of math, the world does not fit neatly into well defined boxes.

And people seem to be losing that tolerance, over time. IF people view matters as you’ve outlined, AND they refuse to consider that b does not = a (why isn't there an inequality sign on a keyboard?)…….THEN the only outlet they have is anger.

The problem is pride, the philosopher would argue. The arrogant never consider that they may be wrong.

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