Bertrand Russell: “The Problem with the World Is That Fools & Fanatics Are So Certain of Themselves”

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“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell

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  • rico lebrun says:

    He said that with such certainty.

  • Colin Wills says:

    I think we can be certain he was neither fool nor fanatic.

  • Andrew B Brown says:

    He didn’t know that the fools and fanatics were psychologically conditioned and selected for their positions, so we’d ignore the wiser ones.

    The wiser ones are psychologically conditioned also, by constantly giving them reasons to doubt (making them think more).

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