28 nov. 2013

Bertrand Russell om myters tillkomst



If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance with his instincts, he will accept it even on the slenderest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.
Bertrand Russell "Proposed Roads To Freedom" (1918)
Ch. VI: International relations, p. 97.

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