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The degree of one's emotion varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know the hotter you get.
   --Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)


P.557 - §14  (48:7.30)  The argumentative defense of any proposition is inversely proportional to the truth contained.



    Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these in any profound sense. He was born in Monmouthshire, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain.
    Russell led the British "revolt against idealism" in the early 20th century. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege and his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians. He co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay "On Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy." His work has had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics, computer science (see type theory and type system), and philosophy, especially philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.
    Russell was a prominent anti-war activist; he championed anti-imperialism and went to prison for his pacifism during World War I. Later, he campaigned against Adolf Hitler, then criticised Stalinist totalitarianism, attacked the United States of America's involvement in the Vietnam War, and was an outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament. In 1950 Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought."

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Russell's philosophy purported to base everything on logic and nothing on metaphysical assumptions. In his book, "Why I Am Not a Christian," he asked, if Jesus was as good and as powerful as Christians believe, why didn't he banish disease from the face of the earth, rather than just heal a few individuals? Reading this in high school, I thought, "There's no good answer to that question."

Anonymous / 29-Jan-2013 06:13 AM