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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When the Romans won victories in the Punic wars, the Carthaginians became persuaded that their misfortunes were due to a certain laxity which had crept into the worship of Moloch. But the prohibition of pork or beef has only scriptural authority, and that only in certain religions. View all 8 comments. On the way home he was shipwrecked and died of exhaustion. 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.

The practice of lending one’s wife to a guest is very common among uncivilized tribes.

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Perhaps, when the war is over, the surviving politicians may find it prudent to combine on some such programme. In one form or another, these beliefs are as old as civilization; their forms change, but their essence remains.

He did not do so because he thought he knew. The discovery that man can be scientifically manipulated, and that governments can turn large masses this way or that as they choose, is one of the causes of our misfortunes. By diet and training, people can be made ferocious or meek, masterful or slavish, as may suit the educator. He thought that there are three kinds of soul: Veenapani rated it really liked it Mar 06, When one reads of the beliefs of savages, or of the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians, they seem surprising by their capricious absurdity.

Arithmetic proved recalcitrant to lunatic logic.

An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

In the West votes for women proved this doctrine mistaken, but in Japan, to this day, women in childbirth are not allowed any alleviation through anaesthetics.

Therefore if God wants to strike any one, Benjamin Franklin [and his lightning-rod] ought not to defeat His design; indeed, to do so is helping criminals to escape.


They must be deemed to hold-if they are saying a they believe-that from this moment onward God will work a continual miracle of loaves and fishes which He has hitherto thought unnecessary. A few simple rules will keep you, not from all error, but from silly error. No person who did not enthusiastically accept the official doctrine would be allowed to teach or to have any position of power.

Health Sciences Library intellcetual Books. Now, maybe that is true – but given the context of this forum I think that statement is best backed with examples.

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

But beliefs that are just as absurd are still entertained by the uneducated even in the most modem and civilized societies. It is thought that a body which has been burnt will be more difficult for Him to collect together again than one which has been put underground and transformed into worms.

People who have infellectual occasion for war do not make any impression of being psychologically thwarted. Witty, sly, and unrelenting, this is an indispensable guide to the follies of the human animal.

No doubt collecting the particles from the air and undoing the chemical work of combustion would be somewhat laborious, but yb is surely blasphemous to intelectual such a work impossible for the Deity. Hence it is better to listen than to talk.

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

intellevtual Which of those will happen first, no one knows; but in any case the human race will ultimately die out. Persons who divorce and remarry are guilty of adultery in the sight of God.

Shawn Dehner rated it it was amazing Dec 25, Only the very highest officials, in their cups, would whisper to each other what rubbish it all is; then they would laugh and drink again. Fear sometimes operates directly, by inventing rumors of disaster in war-time, rubblsh by imagining objects of terror, such as ghosts; sometimes it operates indirectly, by creating belief in something comforting, such as the elixir of life, bertrrand heaven for ourselves and hell for our enemies.

Refresh and try again. Venereal disease is God’s punishment for sin.


The English are perhaps the most mixed of all. God said to Cain: In September,almost everybody in England believed that Russian troops had passed through England on the way to the Western Front.

It was pointed out, however, that when God extracted Adam’s rib He put him into a deep sleep. If he is a Yugoslav, he boasts of his nation’s rubnish if a native of the Principality of Monaco, he boasts of leading the world in the matter of gambling.

Quotes from An Outline of Int Bertrand Russell analyses the rubbish behind many oultine from religion to politics and then gives a few tools to help reduce our own rubbish beliefs. In many ancient communities no difference was made between murder intellectial accidental homicide; in either case equally ritual ablution was necessary. I admire especially a certain prophetess who lived beside a lake in Northern New York State about the year So whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.

On the contrary, I have seen the world plunging continually further into madness.

This sort of falsification is still more true of rumors. Everybody knew someone who had seen them, though no one had seen them himself.

You may never have an opportunity of actually meeting any one who holds this opinion, because in Western countries most people take the advantage of modern technique for granted.

Search by date Search by date: It tubbish pointed out, however, that when God extracted Adam’s rib He put him into a deep sleep. This, it was thought, had displeased the god, and at the worst moments even the most aristocratic children were duly consumed in the fire.

Ousted from one position, they have taken up bertranr. Apart from the question whether Man is really so glorious as the theologians of evolution say he is, there is berfrand further difficulty that life on this planet is almost certainly temporary.