Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thou Shalt Not Follow a Multitude to Do Evil

Betrand Rusell for the win:

There's really quite a bit to take away from this interview. The first thing that stands out to me is this:

It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it's useful and not because you think it's true.

Later, the interviewer asks him if the so-called "ordinary people" might not be strong enough to find their own "personal ethic".

To paraphrase, Russell responds with "Bullshit."

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