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The Selfish Beetle

Recently I had a discussion about what makes a choice “rational.” My interlocutor held the position that if a choice made sense to the one making the choice, then the choice, was, in fact a “rational” decision — even within the context of suicide. “If it makes sense to me, then it is a rational decision.”

Wittgenstein’s beetle in a box came to mind.

I couldn’t remember exactly how it went. So I was unable to use it as a good example to point to the collective meaning of words. I watched it again and I forgot that the beetle in a box also addresses the annoying proposition: “Everything that we do is selfish” In any case, the discussion was a long and enjoyable one. I won’t reproduce it here. But here is the video.