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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It is Russell at his critically adroit best skewering the absurdities that social convention and political hypocrisy combine to keep people in fear of rejection by the various often self-appointed authorities in human society.

The whole conception of superior races is merely a myth generated by the overweening self-esteem of the holders of power. Send a private message to Vael.

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And alas-though I say it with all due respect-there have been times when their wisdom has not been very obvious, and, strange to say, these were especially the times when the power of the clergy was greatest. I have seen great nations, formerly leaders of civilization, led astray by preachers of bombastic nonsense.

Search by date Search by date: There is as much difference between a collection of mentally free citizens and a community molded by modern methods of propaganda as there is between a heap of raw materials and a battleship. Herodotus tells how Cyrus was brought up by peasants, in complete ignorance of his royal blood; at the age of twelve his kingly bearing toward other peasant boys revealed the truth. He tells us that the blood of females is blacker than that of males; that the pig is the only animal liable to measles; that an elephant suffering from insomnia should have its shoulders rubbed with salt, olive-oil, and warm water; that women have fewer teeth than men, and so on.

This sort of thing always used to happen at the death of a great man or the beginning of an important war.

After being worsted in astronomy, they did their best to prevent the rise of geology; they fought against Darwin in biology, and at the present time they fight against scientific theories of psychology and education. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology bertran is only opinion.


An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish: A Hilarious Catalogue of Organized and Individual Stupidity

We are all, whatever part of the world we come from, persuaded that our own nation is superior to all others. In antiquity, when male supremacy was unquestioned and Christian ethics were still unknown, women were harmless but rather silly, and a man who took them seriously was somewhat intellectuxl.

He recently fished out his copy of “The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell”, which he’s had for close on forty years, and re-read one of his favourite essays in outlkne, “An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish – A Hilarious Catalogue of Organised and Individual Stupidity”, which Russell wrote in Date Physical Description 26 p. Speusippus rated it it was amazing Nov 11, Russell began by saying: The Sun Had first his precept so to move, so shine, As might affect the Bertrsnd with cold and heat Scarce tolerable, and from the North to call Decrepit Winter, from the South to bring Solstitial summer’s heat.

Digitized Collections from the Marine Institute. Although we are taught the Copernican astronomy in our textbooks, it has not yet penetrated bertand our religion or our morals, and has not even succeeded in destroying belief in astrology. Send a private message to Autocratic.

This is a variant of an old ot which is found in all Indo-European countries. If you are a Tea Partyer, and, as such, think that the state must be watered down because it has too much power over you, even over what you believe, then you may find your fear validated by what Russell said as follows: The difficulty was that no one could rubbiish believe virtue to be the only good, not even Marcus Aurelius, who, as emperor, sought not only to make his subjects virtuous, but to protect them against barbarians, pestilences, and famines.

It was pointed out, however, that when God extracted Adam’s rib He put him into a deep sleep.

A utters the maxim, with an air of portentous and conclusive wisdom, what he means is that all men everywhere will nertrand continue to behave as inteellectual do in his own home town. By comparison with them, Malthus appears merciful. Man is a rational animal-so at least I have been told. It still exists in full force in China.


O to Read saving…. We believe, first and foremost, what makes us feel that we are fine fellows. Find More Posts by Ryanb9. There was an author not very many years rubbixh, who had an ingenious method of calculating the date of the end of the world.

Socrates on the day of his death if Plato is to be believed expressed the conviction that in the next world he would live in the company of the gods and heroes, and surrounded by just spirits who would never object to his endless argumentation.

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent. So it was in the French Revolution, when dread of foreign armies produced the reign of terror.

There was supposed to be some mystic virtue about gold that made it worth while to dig it up in the Transvaal and put it underground again in bank vaults in America.

Before men adopted clothing outpine must have found it impossible to live in cold climates. And yet, strange to say, they were even more sinful than they are now-a-days.

An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

Consequently in all times of great collective excitement unfounded rumors obtain wide credence. Find More Posts by bluesbassman.

But lunatics are restrained from prudence, not as a punishment, and so far as prudence permits we try rubbksh make them happy. The law does not uotline kindly on the intrusion of faith into this region. Married men, when they generalize on that subject, judge by their wives; women judge by themselves. 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.

People’s beliefs have various causes.