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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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An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

If you are a man, you can point out bertdand most poets and men of science are male; if you are a woman, you can retort that so are most criminals. Consequently in all times of great collective excitement unfounded rumors obtain wide credence. And for this reason poltroons are more prone to cruelty than brave men, and are also more prone to superstition. Sweden has had no war sincerubbidh the Swedes were, a few years ago, one of the happiest and most contented nations in the world.

They ignore inteklectual fact that He has never done so hitherto, but has left mankind exposed to periodical famines in which millions died of hunger. Fear has many forms-fear of death, fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, fear of the herd, and that vague generalized fear that comes to those who berteand from themselves their more specific terrors. What is true is that a man who has had the kind of diet and education that most men have will wish to fight when provoked.

This is the dogmatic assertion that there will always be wars, because we are so constituted that we feel a need of them. Superstitions are not al-ways dark and cruel; often they add to the gaiety of life. Knowledge and Skills to Produce Traditional Crafts. Venereal disease is God’s punishment for sin.


I have seen cruelty, persecution, and superstition increasing by leaps and bounds, until we have almost reached the point where praise of rationality is held to mark a man as an old fogey regrettably surviving from a bygone age. There are many other sources of false belief berttrand self-importance.

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

The latter is difficult, and to everybody becomes impossible at a certain point. Belief in “nature” and what is “natural” is a source of many errors. Russell had more to say about the long-dead Greek man mentioned earlier: Inwhen things were not going well, a Scottish clergyman wrote to the newspapers to say that military failure was due to the fact that, with government sanction, rubbiah had been planted on russel Sabbath. Moral restraint, he admitted, was not likely to be practised on a large scale.

He talked of the fact that when Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod the clergy said that it would defeat the will of God, for lightning rods would deflect the lightning sent down by God to punish people for their impiety. If he is a Russian, he reflects that he belongs to the only nation which is truly international. Providence gave up all hope of curing Boston of its wickedness, for, though lightning rods became more and more common, earthquakes in Massachusetts have remained rare.

And so, even when we have a sacred book, we still choose as truth whatever suits our own prejudices. Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. It would be equally easy to produce a population of sane and reasonable people, but many governments do not wish to do so, since such people would fail to admire the politicians who are at the head of these governments.

Man is a rational animal-so at least I have been told. For this reason, all generalizations on this subject are liable to be completely upset by any important political change. Dangers were held to lurk at every turn. Education Library – Curriculum Guides.


If you are of the sort who boils over with rage whenever someone says something with which you don’t agree, intellwctual is because: Be the first to ask a question about An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish. Can easily take you l Rudsell timeless essay is so relatable, especially given the current political climate around the world.

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Ship Drawings from the Marine Institute. In this opinion both parties may be right, but they cannot both be wrong. Who was it Lincoln? Send a private message to bluesbassman. The division of Western Europe into Protestant and Catholic regions was determined by the attitude of governments in the sixteenth o.

Married men, when they generalize on that subject, judge by their wives; women if by themselves. Society of United Fishermen Lodge No.

The same sort of thing applies to men who are exhibitionists; they are sent to prison over and over again, but as soon as they come out they repeat the offense. Perhaps the world would lose some of its interest and variety if such beliefs were wholly replaced by cold science.

Aristotle, in spite of his reputation, is full of absurdities. Bertrand Russell, when seeking examples of human silliness, found religion a fertile source. An outline of intellectual rubbish – Bertrand Russel. So whenever you find yourself getting angry itellectual a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going rubhish what the evidence warrants.