On Thinking: Bertrand Russell's Third Commandment

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:55pm
On Thinking: Bertrand Russell's Third Commandment

The third of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on discouraging thinking.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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(3) Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.


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

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