Believing in Reason is Childish  

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"If human beings were potentially capable of applying reason in their lives they would show some sign of learning from what they had done wrong in the past, but history and everyday practice show them committing the same follies over and over again. They would alter their beliefs in accordance with facts, but clinging to beliefs in the face of contrary evidence is one of the most powerful and enduring human traits." --"Believing in Reason is Childish" - John Gray

"This [that "there are impulses of irrational destructiveness"] was the conclusion of the economist Maynard Keynes - by any standards one of the most brilliant minds of the last century. In his memoir My Early Beliefs, Keynes described how he renounced the faith in reason he'd had as a young man in Cambridge. Commenting on his friend the logician and social reformer Bertrand Russell, Keynes observed: "Bertie sustained simultaneously a pair of opinions ludicrously incompatible. He held that human affairs are carried on in a most irrational fashion, but that the remedy was quite simple and easy, since all we had to do was carry them on rationally."

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Stephen Spender, ‎Irving Kristol - 1955 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions Lord Keynes in his essay, "My Early Beliefs," recalled [...] the case of Russell: Bertie in particular sustained simultaneously a pair of opinions ludicrously incompatible. He held that in fact human

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"Believing in Reason is Childish" (2014) is a short essay on reason by John Gray.

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