I believe that several words or phrases exist to describe the practice of thinking in a certain way or performing a certain action simply because "that's how it's always been done." Another way of phrasing this thought model is "We do this because it's best," with no proof of if that thing is in actuality the best. An absence of total failure or complete disaster is often given as support for the behavior. Also, the implied circular reasoning is "It's best because we do this." Ultimately, the actions are taken because the situation has never truly been studied and the best course of action has not yet been discovered.
I'm curious if there are
- Words to describe a person who thinks or behaves in the manner above.
- Phrases to describe the general thought process of the above manner.
I'll offer up my own phrase (that I only just now recalled as I typed the above paragraph):
- Cargo Cult
Some possible antonyms to this concept would be:
- Empirical / Empiricist
- Didactic (Intended to teach as opposed to the above thought "intended to be a conformed to without thought")
- Deductive (based on deduced premises)