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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