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« Reply #45 on: October 14, 2014, 14:15:58 PM »

I once had a mathematical statistics prof .... "Talks in other people's sleep"
Was his style of teaching  the norm, or a bit of an outlier?
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« Reply #46 on: October 14, 2014, 14:46:56 PM »

I once had a mathematical statistics prof .... "Talks in other people's sleep"
Was his style of teaching  the norm, or a bit of an outlier?

He had a "particular" set of skills. Definitely not the norm.
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« Reply #47 on: October 14, 2014, 15:01:32 PM »

So I've been racking my brains on rational rituals.

I have personal rituals like listing to skeptic guide to the universe podcast every Monday.

But I was think more in the lines of society in a hole. The only ones I can think of are the
types to do with cleanliness like regular hand washing that is rooted in some rational reason.
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« Reply #48 on: October 14, 2014, 15:26:21 PM »

The only ones I can think of are the types to do with cleanliness like regular hand washing that is rooted in some rational reason.
Yep, there are lots of rituals that have a rational reason behind them. But your question was if there are any rituals that strengthens rationality. While hand washing certainly has a rational underpinning, I don't immediately see why it should make the handwasher more rational. The closest we could get so far are the rituals involving some sort of novelty ... attending lectures, doing crosswords and, as you mentioned, habitually listening to podcasts.

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« Reply #49 on: October 14, 2014, 16:08:37 PM »

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The closest we could get so far are the rituals involving some sort of novelty ...
attending lectures, doing crosswords and, as you mentioned, habitually listening to podcasts

And they are also personal rituals.

So I guess there is none.
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« Reply #50 on: October 15, 2014, 08:57:45 AM »

The more I was thinking about it yesterday.

I can imagine rituals starting as something like this.

Last time we played drums all night and danced, we had a good hunt.
Lets to that again.

And so rituals build up got connected to religion, and here we are.

So that is the reason for them mostly being linked to what we now see as irrational behavior.

It's our old correlation vs causation.

The other rituals are there to formalize things.
Like marriage, Coming to age like bar mitzvah or having your fore skin removed in the mountains.
And the funeral rights is probably the most important ritual as away off saying good buy to your loved ones.
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« Reply #51 on: October 15, 2014, 16:44:59 PM »

Not sure if this was really done in some lab or the other, but for those who have not heard of it, The Five Monkeys Experiment makes an interesting point nevertheless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6gpoCaq6n8
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