On Eccentricity: Bertrand Russell's Seventh Commandment for Teaching

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:21pm
On Eccentricity: Bertrand Russell's Seventh Commandment for Teaching

The seventh of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on respecting eccentricity.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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Designed by Kenzo Tange in 1964, St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo eccentric wings looks as if it could've been designed and built today, much less 50 years ago.

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(7) Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.


~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Times op-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."

See Russell's Sixth Commandment.

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Trent Gilliss is the driving editorial and creative force behind On Being. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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