From Russell to Schrodinger on thinking contradictions

galleyhead lighthouse‘People would rather die than think and most people do’ is a witticism attributed to Bertrand Russell. If this is true then the prospects are poor for the societal conversation on the morality of organizations that I suggested a few months ago, since it requires people to think for themselves. Socrates ran into trouble when he advocated such an approach; so, perhaps I should be careful about what I suggest and return to the silent majority. Now I have contradicted myself, but as Erwin Schrödinger wrote ‘If a man never contradicts himself, the reason must be that he virtually never says anything at all’. I am sure that I have contradicted myself many times in my posts over the last year but you continue to read this blog in increasing numbers [up by 50% compared to 2014]. Thank you for your support during 2015.

Happy New Year!

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3 comments

  1. This reminds me of an anecdote I heard about Einstein. As I do not have a reference at hand allow me to reproduce it in my own words: After a vigorous discussion with Einstein, one of his colleagues returns after a week for continuing the dispute – and finds Einstein arguing for quite the opposite of the week before. Puzzled he asks about the cause, and Einstein answers: It is not my fault that the world is not as I had imagined it to be a week ago.

    Thank you for your inspiring blog, and keep contradicting yourself in 2016 as long as you have good reasons to!

    Happy New Year

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