Originally Posted by wazz
Can you expand on what you mean by any of those 4 points please
He can correct me if I'm wrong but I think what he is saying is what George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell were trying to say with these quotes of theirs... basically, the more intelligent you become, the harder it is to have absolute conviction and certainty in your beliefs.
George Bernard Shaw
"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance."
"The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it."
"There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot."
"We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be."
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
"I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine."
"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."
"Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true."
"The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice."
"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd."