But the real art of thinking clearly doesn’t involve adopting someone else’s view of rationality; it means ironing out the conflicts between your own values and daily behaviour.
If your life-philosophy involves not spending a moment on celebrity news, yet you fritter hours absorbing the misdeeds of Lindsay Lohan, you’ve got problems. If you believe material possessions are irrelevant, but cling to your coffee mugs, it’s time for a rethink. But it doesn’t follow that crockery-cherishing or Lohan-watching are mistaken per se. I’m tempted to call it the “clarity bias”: the assumption that those who don’t share your values aren’t just different, but are wandering, confused, in the fog.”