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Friday, May 19, 2006

May 18 - Birthday of Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell, a giant of free-thinking, had a birthday yesterday. Have a beer or pop for the man if you feel it necessary. Maybe read Why I Am Not a Christian. If you'd like to check out B.R. himself, you can do that here.

I quote:

"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."
Bertrand Russell

Big tip o' the hat to Stardust for the clue-in. You rock.

2 Barbaric Yawps:

At 27/5/06 11:13 pm, Blogger Stardust1954 said...

Thanks for the plug.
Bertrand Russell was da man!
My copy of Why I Am Not a Christian is well-worn.

Love your blog, by the way.

At 28/5/06 8:59 am, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

Why thank you! And it was a plug well-deserved.


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