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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If you cannot travel, seek out people with whom you disagree, and read a newspaper belonging to a party that is not yours.

The truth is that what appears to one nation as the national character of another depends upon a few prominent individuals, or upon the class that happens to have power. Borrow relates how he met a Welsh preacher who was always melancholy. In the end, of course, the debtor countries had no more money, and, since they were not allowed to pay in goods, they went bankrupt. I found the essay to be a fantastic read and excellent advice for critical thinking.

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On the other hand, those who are in earnest in thinking that sin is disobedience to God are compelled to say that God is not omnipotent. If you are of the sort who boils over with rage whenever someone says something with which you don’t agree, it is because: All history until the eighteenth century is full of prodigies and wonders which modern historians ignore, not because they are less well attested than facts which the historians accept, but because modem taste among the learned prefers what science regards as probable.


Image Text search this item. This proved that anesthetics are all right for men; women, however, ought to suffer, because of the curse of Eve. Find More Posts by Autocratic. Dec 30, Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Australian aborigines, at puberty, undergo a very painful operation which, throughout the rest of their lives, greatly diminishes sexual potency.

An outline of intellectual rubbish : a hilarious catalogue of organized and individual stupidity

I like also the men who study the Great Pyramid, with a view to deciphering its mystical lore. Such a great read This one’s for Arouet: This view is embodied in the law of Connecticut. An invented list, albeit, incomplete and so questionable. Labrador Iutline Dust Study. There are infinite possibilities of error, and more cranks take up unfashionable errors than unfashionable truths. Originally Posted by Vael Secular logic.? It is a curious and painful fact that almost all the completely futile treatments that have been believed in during the long history of medical folly have been such as caused acute suffering to the patient.

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Their Lordships listened to the voice of authority, and rejected the bill. Dealing with this general human conceit is to remind ourselves that man is a brief episode in the life of a small planet in a little corner of the universe, and that, for aught we know, other parts of the cosmos may contain beings as superior to ourselves as we are to rubgish.


Russell had more to say about the long-dead Greek man mentioned earlier: Ousted from one position, they have taken up another. We believe, first and foremost, what makes us feel that we are fine fellows.

The former, I fear, is a Utopian ideal, but perhaps they could agree to teach collectively that all public men, everywhere, are completely virtuous and perfectly wise. When, at one time, there were several bad earthquakes in India, Mahatma Gandhi solemnly warned his compatriots that these disasters had been sent as a punishment for their sins.

A little anthropology will dispel this belief. Throughout the last years, during which the growth of science had gradually shown men how to acquire knowledge of the ways of nature and mastery over natural forces, the clergy have fought a losing battle against science, in astronomy and geology, in anatomy and physiology, in biology and psychology and sociology.

A wise man will enjoy the goods of which there is a plentiful supply, and of intellectual rubbish he will find an abundant diet, in our own age as in every other.

We are all, whatever part of the world we come from, persuaded that our own nation is superior to all others. No trivia or quizzes yet. Digitized Collections from the Folklore and Language Archive.