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genghiscant

Bertrand Russell

Some quotes from Bertrand Russell.


http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Bertrand_Russell

Two of my favourites:

Quote:
Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.


Quote:
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
Lexilogio

I do like Bertrand Russell - I've read two of his books, one on the history of philosophy, and the other on laziness...
Shrub Dweller

On the second quote : We do not govern the thought that is about to enter our head. We are the victim of what comes next into that arena we call our mind. Try dictating what your next thought will be ?  
genghiscant

It depends. Some thoughts can be predicted. Take the statement "God exists". Depending on your pre-existing viewpoint, the next thought can be fairly well guessed. A religious person will agree & an atheist will disagree. Nothing to do with freewill, just conditioning.
Shrub Dweller

genghiscant wrote:
It depends. Some thoughts can be predicted. Take the statement "God exists". Depending on your pre-existing viewpoint, the next thought can be fairly well guessed. A religious person will agree & an atheist will disagree. Nothing to do with freewill, just conditioning.

Would a conditioning be classed as a thought ? It is like getting something from the filing cabinet.
SceptiKarl

From gengishant's quote from Russell:

Quote:
Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.


I would have to agree with Russell there. I would also have to agree with Richard Dawkins when he asks "where is the evidence?"

I must admit I do believe the speed of light to be some 186,000 miles (300,000 km), per second, but I have never tested it myself. But I do have the wherewithal to seek out and do the actual test for myself, funds permitting!

When it comes to the Christian God, I have no way of testing whether or not Jesus existed, whether He is part of a trinity, whether He rose from being dead, whether He could walk on water, whether He turned over tables in the temple, or anything else claimed by the Bible. Who gives a fig tree? It's all fiction to me!
Macbeth has far more reality in my world.

Cheers SK  

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