…it’s theoretically possible I’m not the only rational person.
Claiming to be the “World’s Only Rational Man” is pretty cheeky. And it is faith-based; I don’t have the resources to prove, case-by-case, that all seven billion of you are irrational.
There are rare individuals like Instapundit, who I’ve never caught betraying reason, unlike other respected thinkers like George Will (see here). What infuriated me about Mr. Will’s betrayal was that he was aware of it. He acknowledged (book title escapes me, sorry) that he wasn’t being intellectually honest, but he justified himself as a parent.
Well Mr. Will, if you get that excuse then so does everyone else. You regularly, and sometimes brilliantly, point out flaws in other people’s arguments. They should imitate you and say, “I know I’m being inconsistent, but it’s because I care so much.”
Mr. Will is a brilliant man. But intelligence and rationality are not synonymous.