Triumph of Irrationality

The damage done by irrational thinking – and the good that can come of it

Original Title: Triumph der Unvernunft

Hardcover with jacket, 240 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04814-1
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: October 1, 2018
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Jens  Bergmann - Triumph of Irrationality


Risks and side-effects of irrational thinking

It has never been as easy as it is now to find out, check facts and weigh up the pros and cons. Everything is available to help us put the core idea of Enlightenment – the use of our minds – into practice. Yet the opposite is happening and we are facing the triumph of irrationality. Populist politicians are being surprisingly successful at elections although their promises are clearly empty; fundamentalist religious movements are gaining ground all over the world; and millions of educated people adhere to conspiracy theories, esoteric teachings or magic promises of salvation such as those of homeopathy.

How can this darkness that has befallen reason in our information age be explained? Where is it leading? And how can it be stopped? The focus of this book is on the meaning of nonsense, for there are certainly good reasons for irrational thinking – and nobody is immune to it.


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