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Rationality and the Reflective Mind$
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Keith Stanovich

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.001.0001

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The Master Rationality Motive and the Origins of the Nonautonomous Mind

The Master Rationality Motive and the Origins of the Nonautonomous Mind

(p.81) 5 The Master Rationality Motive and the Origins of the Nonautonomous Mind
Rationality and the Reflective Mind

Keith E. Stanovich

Oxford University Press

This chapter elaborates on the uniquely human functionality of the nonautonomous minds and speculates on the evolutionary origins of Type 2 processing. These speculations involve conjoining a concept much discussed in the literature with one of the author's own invention. The more well-known concept is that of metarepresentation, and the new concept is something termed Master Rationality Motive (MRM). MRM is the motive that drives the search for rational integration across our preference hierarchies. The need for rational integration is probably a function of the strength of the MRM, and individual differences in the former probably arise because of individual differences in the latter. Thus, the MRM is what sustains the search for rational integration.

Keywords:   Type 2 processing, metarepresentation, rational integration, rationality, MRM

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