a1 Provost and Senior Vice President, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Robert.email@example.com
Mercier and Sperber (M&S) are correct that reasoning and argumentation are closely related. But they are wrong in arguing that this relationship is one of evolutionary adaptation. In fact, persuasive reasoning that is not veridical can be fatal to the individual and to the propagation of his or her genes, as well as to the human species as a whole.
(Online publication March 29 2011)