Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Tuesday, January 20, 2004  

Today's Quote:

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

I have always loved this quote, and adhered to its principle long before I'd read it since it also was an insight that seemed obvious to me. People trust their own judgment far too easily, or rather, fail to examine what they believe closely.

It is not enough to overcome a few weak arguments against what you think, but must engage the most powerful and effective ones if you hope to be wise.

In politics, one must allow premises to be thoroughly exorcised. In religion, one must accept that arguments from authority are useless, and that God does not write books. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proofs.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 12:58 PM |