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    #3774670 - 02/13/05 05:30 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I was researching a few people of historical importance and came across Bertrand Russell. Has anyone else read his works?

http://www.users.drew.edu/~jlenz/brtexts.html

An example
http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Russell/Hearst_Essays/On_Astrologers.html

Quote:

That this should be possible is creditable to them but very discreditable to our educational system. In schools and universities information of all sorts is ladled out, but no one is taught to reason, or to consider what is evidence for what. To any person with even the vaguest idea of the nature of scientific evidence, such beliefs as those of astrologers are of course impossible. But so are most of the beliefs upon which governments are based, such as the peculiar merit of persons living in a certain area, or of persons whose income exceeds a certain sum. It would not do to teach people to reason correctly, since the result would be to undermine these beliefs. If these beliefs were to fade, mankind might escape disaster, but politicians could not. At all costs, therefore, we must be kept stupid.




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