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'''Hollywood rationality''' is a popular stereotype of what rationality is about. It presents "rationalists" as word-obsessed, floating in endless verbal space disconnected from reality, reciting figures to more decimal places than are necessary, or [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheSpock speaking in a dull monotone]. Hollywood rationalists also tend to either not have strong (or any) [[emotion]]s. When they do, they often do not express them. Needless to say, this has nothing to do with actual [[rationality]].
 
'''Hollywood rationality''' is a popular stereotype of what rationality is about. It presents "rationalists" as word-obsessed, floating in endless verbal space disconnected from reality, reciting figures to more decimal places than are necessary, or [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheSpock speaking in a dull monotone]. Hollywood rationalists also tend to either not have strong (or any) [[emotion]]s. When they do, they often do not express them. Needless to say, this has nothing to do with actual [[rationality]].
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TV Tropes independently invented this exact concept and called it the [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StrawVulcan Straw Vulcan].  Their explanation is more detailed and has more subconcepts and better examples than ours, so if you want to know how to spot bad rationality as seen in popular media, you should probably check TV Tropes.  (Warning, TV Tropes.)
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Contrast to [[Traditional rationality]], or better yet, [[rationality]] with math in it.
  
 
==See also==
 
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*[[Joy in the merely real]], [[Fun theory]]
 
*[[Joy in the merely real]], [[Fun theory]]
 
*[[Emotion]]
 
*[[Emotion]]
*[[Belief as attire]], [[Semantic stopsign]]
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*[[Belief as attire]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
  
 
*[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StrawVulcan Straw Vulcan] - TV Tropes Wiki entry discussing the problems with the common stereotype.
 
*[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StrawVulcan Straw Vulcan] - TV Tropes Wiki entry discussing the problems with the common stereotype.
 
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* [http://measureofdoubt.com/2011/11/26/the-straw-vulcan-hollywoods-illogical-approach-to-logical-decisionmaking/ Julia Galef Skepticon IV talk on the same theme] - [http://lesswrong.com/lw/90n/summary_of_the_straw_vulcan/ summary on Less Wrong]
 
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Latest revision as of 12:04, 10 October 2012

Hollywood rationality is a popular stereotype of what rationality is about. It presents "rationalists" as word-obsessed, floating in endless verbal space disconnected from reality, reciting figures to more decimal places than are necessary, or speaking in a dull monotone. Hollywood rationalists also tend to either not have strong (or any) emotions. When they do, they often do not express them. Needless to say, this has nothing to do with actual rationality.

TV Tropes independently invented this exact concept and called it the Straw Vulcan. Their explanation is more detailed and has more subconcepts and better examples than ours, so if you want to know how to spot bad rationality as seen in popular media, you should probably check TV Tropes. (Warning, TV Tropes.)

Contrast to Traditional rationality, or better yet, rationality with math in it.

See also

External links