Saturday, September 08, 2007

Some Quotes on Thinking and Our willingness to Think New Thoughts

If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.
- Bertrand Russell

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
- AA Milne

Not much of an update to the blog, but don't think I'm really disappointing any readers, hehe. Oh well, back to work.

1 comment:

Pesce Ruspante said...

yeah, sometimes intelligence seems to work just to provide "a posteriori" justification to random decisions...

Anyway, the real question is not "which is the truth? which is the mith?" but "which is our goal, where is happyness"... Some time a myth is more than knowledge useful for a mind.


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