Monday, August 12, 2013
In 1951, philosopher Bertrand Russell set out these ten commandments. They focus on not being arrogant and on being open to new ideas—by you and by your students. Here they are, from Brain
- Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
- Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
- Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
- When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children,
endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
- Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be
- Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will
- Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
- Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value
intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
- Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient
when you try to conceal it.
- Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will
think that it is happiness.