Preprint Essay Version 1 This version is not peer-reviewed

On the Nature of Irrationality

Version 1 : Received: 21 October 2018 / Approved: 22 October 2018 / Online: 22 October 2018 (12:57:08 CEST)

How to cite: Cambaza, E. On the Nature of Irrationality. Preprints 2018, 2018100497 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0497.v1). Cambaza, E. On the Nature of Irrationality. Preprints 2018, 2018100497 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0497.v1).

Abstract

It has been a challenge to visualize in nature some concepts from abstract subjects such as mathematics and philosophy. Irrationality is certainly among the least comprehensive. This essay aimed to propose that irrationality is simply an illusion resulting from the human inability to grasp the full nature of reality, rather than actual continuity flaws in the fabric of existence. There are three major arguments: (1) human senses have limitations and these are likely to be extended to the intellect, (2) there are no observable existential discontinuities in everyday experience, and (3) some rational phenomena have irrational components. These arguments point towards the existence of a physical existence of irrational quantities or distances, visible to the human eye but not fully comprehended through arithmetic abstraction.

Subject Areas

irrationality; human senses; human mind; material continuity; existence

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