Bertrand Russell: “I Owe My Life to Smoking”

in Life, Philosophy | October 28th, 2011

In 1959, Bertrand Russell, then pushing 90, could still give a good interview. We have previously featured vintage video of Russell sending a message to people living 1,000 years in the future and also contemplating the existence/non-existence of God. Now comes more footage from ’59, and this time he tells us all about how smoking a pipe saved his life. It makes for a good anecdote (get more on his near-death experience here), though not an endorsement for taking up the habit….

via Biblioklept

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  1. steve says . . .
    December 7, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    Bummer–now everyone on planes will drown, as there are no smoaking sections. Tant pis!

  2. Louis Profeta says . . .
    June 4, 2013 / 3:16 am

    Can you rationalize in a bad neighborhood?

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