FAQs

Q1.  What does the Center for a Reasoning Society do?
A. 
 Center for a Reasoning Society (CFARS) is a diverse group of 
people with diverse interests,  who have a common 
interest in the promotion of reason in personal lives and 
society in general.  Based on our Mission and specific 
aims, MOR promotes the use of reason through 
resources on this website, through CFARS Chapters, 
humanitarian efforts, special interest groups, the Citizens 
of the World club for kids, and other activities

Q2.  What is Reason?
A.  
CFARS isn’t trying to promote any 
particular rigid style of reasoning.  We use the common 
understanding of the term that generally means 
methodically considering things without demanding a 
preconceived result, but instead trying to work towards 
better understanding and therefore better decisions.  It is 
in one way the opposite of rationalization, which is just 
using argument to defend a point that one is unwilling to 
fairly question but wants other to believe.  Reason is also 
in a way the opposite of fundamentalism, in which people 
assert that there are fundamental assertions that we must 
just “accept as true” without understanding and that the 
only way we can do this is to mentally force ourselves to 
believe uncritically.  Usually in fundamentalism there is 
some authority that we aren’t allowed to critically examine 
telling us what to think.  Reasoning can be done alone, 
but it is tangibly seen and developed through the social 
interaction we use to resolve disagreements in perception 
and expectations.  That process is initiated when 
someone is skeptical (again, just the ordinary use of the 
word) of an idea and wants an explanation to understand 
it more before agreeing or disagreeing.  This interaction 
includes a coming to consensus of common methods of 
investigation that include stating what is not acceptable 
(fallacies of argument), developing systems for 
corroborating evidence, refining testing practices, and 
the like, all of which we are constantly trying to improve.  
CFARS doesn’t claim that reasoning can help people find 
some abstract “absolute truth” but it does promote the 
active use of reasoning as a way to help us resolve 
differences and clear up misconceptions.  It helps us 
think better as individuals, as societies, and as a planet.

Q3  What about emotions?
A.  
Reason is not a suppression of emotions, but our 
conscious method of resolving different emotions, habits, 
assumptions, memories, and desires.  Intuition is the 
subconscious method for doing that, and plays an 
integral part in our daily lives too, but we should choose 
reason whenever possible to move decision-making from 
the subconscious to the conscious, where that process 
can be evaluated and improved in a self-aware way. In 
social decisions, reason is preferable to other emotionally 
charged methods of resolving decisions, like intimidation, 
rumor, peer pressure, insistence of authority or other 
irrational methods of persuasion.  CFARS provides an 
emotionally enriching environment in which to nurture 
rational, effective, and personally fulfilling mental habits.
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