An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish: A Hilarious Catalogue of Organized and Individual Stupidity. Front Cover. Bertrand Russell. Haldeman-Julius publications . An Outline of Intellectual Rubbishby Bertrand Russell Man is a rational animal: so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I h. The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell. ByBertrand Russell. FULL ACCESS AN OUTLINE OF INTELLECTUAL RUBBISH. Pages
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An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish: A Hilarious Catalogue of Organized and Individual Stupidity
Both these men sought to escape rbbish fear by pretending that such things as physical suffering are not really evil. It is true that, oof a guilty husband, this punishment may fall on an innocent woman and her children, but this is a mysterious dispensation of Providence, which it would be impious to question.
No person who did not enthusiastically accept the official doctrine would be allowed to teach or to have any position of power. We like to think ill of our neighbors, and are prepared to believe the worst on very little evidence.
It would be equally easy to produce a population of sane and reasonable people, but many governments do not wish to do so, since such people would fail to admire the politicians who are at the head of these governments. The objection to homicide seems to have been, originally, based on the ritual pollution caused by the blood of the victim.
Why do people value gold and precious stones? Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs.
Shortly afterwards there were severe earth tremors in Massachusetts, which the clergy took as a sign of God’s disapproval of the lightning rod. It is to be feared that some similar superstition will cause equally bad results after the end of the present war.
An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish
All these have their claims, but 1 think we should begin with those whom all right thinking people acknowledge to be the wisest as well as the best of men, namely the clergy. Superstitions about lucky and unlucky days are almost universal. Return to Book Page. Fear generates impulses of cruelty, and therefore promotes such superstitious beliefs as seem to bettrand cruelty.
Although we are taught the Copernican astronomy in our textbooks, it has not yet penetrated to our religion or our morals, and has not even succeeded in destroying belief in astrology. Lunatics, of course, have to be restrained; we do not allow them to carry firearms. The sailors who threw Jonah overboard imagined intellecgual presence to be the cause of the storm which threatened to wreck their ship. Education Library – Curriculum Guides. Regional Ontellectual Studies… Newfoundland periodical.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life. Not simply because of their rarity: Augustine boldly accepts this view, russrll asserts that men are led to sin by a blindness with which God afflicts them.
Even so recently as the “angels of Mons” encouraged the British troops. Captain Kevin Keegan Collection Coll Bertrand Russell, however, noted: In order to escape from it, I have been driven to study the past with more inhellectual than I had formerly given to it, and have found, as Erasmus found, that folly is perennial and yet the human race has survived. Send a private message to Tao1. The human body, left to itself, has a certain power of curing itself. I found this very profitable inhellectual diminishing the intensity of insular prejudice.
Add or remove collections. People still think that the Divine Plan has special reference to human beings, and that a special Providence not only looks after the good, but also punishes the wicked. All medical men who have studied the matter know that punishment only aggravates the trouble. The only way I know of dealing with this general human conceit is to remind ourselves that man is a brief episode in the life of a rubbidh planet in a little corner of the universe, and that, for rusesll we know, other parts of the cosmos may contain beings as superior to ourselves as we are berrtand jellyfish.
I practice the method practiced by Christ. Among the Deep Sea Fishers. An outline of intellectual rubbish – Bertrand Russel Not seeing a thread on this, I now create one.
An outline of intellectual rubbish : a hilarious catalogue of organized and individual stupidity
Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion. Early Days Exhibit – M. Nowadays, however, calculating machines do sums better than even the cleverest people, yet no one contends that these useful instruments are immortal, or work by divine inspiration.
The Great Depression was the direct result of the surviving belief in the magical properties of gold. If men’s kindly impulses were stronger, they would find some way of explaining that these precepts are not to be taken literally, any more than the command to “sell all that thou hast and give to the poor.
There is no evidence that there is any advantage in belonging to a pure race. This one’s so funny it’s indescribable. Fear has many forms-fear of death, fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, fear of the herd, and that vague generalized fear that comes to those who conceal from themselves their more specific terrors.
To some extent the two agree; the prohibition of murder and theft, for instance, is supported both by human reason and by Divine command.
Before men adopted clothing they must have found it impossible to live in cold climates. Men’s sins were punished by pestilence and famine, by earthquake, flood, and fire. Generally the author expects, very soon, wars in Egypt, followed by Armageddon and the coming of Antichrist, but by this time so many people have been recognized as Antichrist that the reader is reluctantly driven to skepticism.
At last, in the fullness of time, He produced Man, including such specimens as Nero and Caligula, Hitler and Mussolini, whose transcendent glory justified the long painful process. Shakespeare relates how on the night before Caesar was killed, A common slave – you know him well by sight – Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn Like twenty torches join’d; and yet his hand, Not sensible of fire, remain’d unscorch’d.
This is now partially recognized; we distinguish between plain theft, which springs from what may be called rational self-interest, and kleptomania, which is a mark of something queer. Perhaps the result may help in seeing our own times in perspective, and as not much worse than other ages that our ancestors lived through without ultimate disaster.
The time now is Unfortunately each has its own brand, and the diversity serves to produce hostility between the devotees of different creeds. Persons who divorce and remarry are guilty of adultery in the sight of God.