© Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion / Corporation Canadienne des Sciences Religieuses. Bertrand Russell as a critic of religion. In this timely work, Russell, philosopher, agnostic, mathematician, and of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during the last. Russell's Scientific Mysticism. Article (PDF Available) in Russell - Journal of the Bertrand Russell Studies 5(1) · June with Reads.
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See Bertrand Russell, Religion and Science (New York: Oxford University Press, ), p. 1. The following references in the text are to this work. Religious. With a new introduction by Michael Ruse, this book will reintroduce Bertrand Russell's writings to readers and students of philosophy and religion. Russell. Be the first to ask a question about Religion and Science . Bertrand Russell was an extremely intelligent, witty and entertaining writer, and I . الكتاب نسخة pdf.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 01, Fernando Suarezserna rated it it was amazing. So long as that state of affairs doesn't exist, and especially when we take great pains to try and find it, then we can have some confidence that the theory is probably true. This belief he has, not only gives science exclusive - and dangerous - prerogative to own the truth, it also gives everybody else the right to do as they please, because nothing can be proved, nothing is 'true' outside the purview of science. It's not a part of Russell's influential theories, rather an aside. This force might be employed through a democratic vote or autocratic repression. Selections From the Writings of Bertrand Russell.
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Krizza Shayne Hedia. Would not a world of nightingales and larks and deer be better than our human world of cruelty and injustice and war? The believers in Cosmic Purpose make much of our supposed intelligence, but their writings make one doubt it.
If I were granted omnipotence, and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts. Feb 01, Rim Khiari rated it really liked it.
May 24, Bilal Anis rated it really liked it. I loved this book. The author first explains the conflict between science and religion and how scientists were prosecuted by religious entities. He speaks then about various topics that are very debatable like the soul, Sufism, free will, etc,, He states that science need a lot to answer but he is always winning the battles against religion..
He also explains many philosophical ideas that science don't need to answer. Oct 01, notgettingenough rated it it was ok Shelves: In the first instance, I wish to repudiate the statement made by Manny on comment 72 here: I mean, I was gasping, possibly even moaning So we have here a guy who thought he could spend his life being opinionated about everything and telling it how it is until he changes his mind.
Russell believed that facts weren't the way to change people's minds, only emotional arguments could do that, and this book i In the first instance, I wish to repudiate the statement made by Manny on comment 72 here: Russell believed that facts weren't the way to change people's minds, only emotional arguments could do that, and this book is an example in point.
He writes seductively, if you didn't happen to know first that he's a wanker, you might even start believing him. Not this little black duck.
I've been to a Bertrand Russell School and wankers doesn't begin to cover it. Only a jolly big wanker could have come up with the idea of a type of school where the kids and the teachers all thought they were very special indeed. In his opinion, science deals with facts and the truth, the rest of what we do - and I guess he is bagging his own discipline here - is just matter of opinion and some people shout louder than others.
I was rather shocked to read, when he is discussing Nietzsche's idea that most men are just animals and there are supermen above them: We have here a sharp disagreement of great practical importance, but we have absolutely no means, of a scientific or intellectual kind, by which to persuade either party that the other is in the right.
There are, it is true, ways of altering men's opinions on such subjects, but they are all emotional, not intellectual Hence my moaning. My 'Oh Bertrand'. Three of us sat there mulling over this. Anna, who is a physicist, clearly thought equality of man was something that could be intellectually demonstrated.
Manny was doubting that this meant Bertrand would be racist. Me, I'm thinking we'll see about that. If you go to the wiki page on Bertrand, one of the things you see is this: On 16 November , for instance, he gave a lecture to the General Meeting of Dr. Marie Stopes's Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress on "Birth Control and International Relations," in which he described the importance of extending Western birth control worldwide; his remarks anticipated the population control movement of the s and the role of the United Nations.
This policy may last some time, but in the end under it we shall have to give way—we are only putting off the evil day; the one real remedy is birth control, that is getting the people of the world to limit themselves to those numbers which they can keep upon their own soil I do not see how we can hope permanently to be strong enough to keep the coloured races out; sooner or later they are bound to overflow, so the best we can do is to hope that those nations will see the wisdom of Birth Control We need a strong international authority.
Bertrand Russell", Birth Control News, vol 1, no. In extreme cases there can be little doubt of the superiority of one race to another[ Responding in to a correspondent's inquiry, "Do you still consider the Negroes an inferior race, as you did when you wrote Marriage and Morals?
I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior. The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous.
This is just a straightforward lie on Russell's part. He quite clearly saw black people as inherently inferior and in his essay on Ethics in War, he states this unambiguously, posing the question: Are there any wars which achieve so much for the good of mankind as to outweigh all the evils? By a 'war of colonization' I mean a war whose purpose is to drive out the whole population of some territory and replace it by an invading population of a different race.
Ancient wars were very largely of this kind, of which we have a good example in the Book of Joshua. In modern times the conflicts of Europeans with American-Indians, Maories, and other aborigines in temperate regions, have been of this kind. Such wars are totally devoid of technical justification, and are apt to be mor ruthless than any other war. Nevertheless, if we are to judge by results, we cannot regret that such wars have taken place.
The eighteenth century, which liked to praise the virtues of the savage and contrast them with the gilded corruption of courts, nevertheless had no scruple in thrusting the noble savage out from his North American hunting grounds. And we cannot at this date bring ourselves to condemn the process by which the American continent has been acquired for European civilization. In order that such wars may be justified, it is necessary that there should be a very great and undeniable difference between the civilization of the colonizers and that of the dispossessed natives.
It is necessary also that the climate should be one in which the invading race can flourish. When these conditions are satisfied the conquest becomes justified, though the actual fighting against the dispossessed inhabitants ought, of course, to be avoided as far as is compatible with colonizing.
Many humane people will object in theory to the justification of this form of robbery, but I do not think that any practical or effective objection is likely to be made. Such wars, however, belong now to the past. The regions where the white men can live are all allotted, either to white races or to yellow races to whom the white man is not clearly superior, and whom, in any case, he is not strong enough to expel.
Apart from small punitive expeditions, wars of colonization, in the true sense, are no longer possible. What are nowadays called colonial wars do not aim at the complete occupation of a country by a conquering race; they aim only at securing certain governmental and trading advantages.
They belong, in fact, rather with what I call wars of prestige, than with wars of colonization in the old sense. There are, it is true, a few rare exceptions. The Greeks in the second Balkan war conducted a war of colonization against the Bulgarians; throughout a certain territory which they intended to occupy, they killed all the men, and carried off all the women.
But in such cases, the only possible justification fails, since there is no evidence of superior civilization on the side of the conquerors. This speaks for itself, doesn't it?
But nonetheless, let me say WOW. I realise that Russell lived in a time where it was normal to think black people were inferior, but he lived in a time when women were believed to be as well and yet he was outspoken for the idea of a better deal for women. Maybe it was as simple as he was going to get a shag out of the one and not out of the other, though in general intellectuals are more likely to be the other way, champions for man's equality but not women's.
In his review of this book, Manny says Science, argues Russell, cannot pronounce on ethics, but this is for the simple reason that statements in the realm of ethics are not within the purview of objective knowledge in the first place: But if Russell is saying that science cannot pronounce on ethics, he is also and much more importantly saying that only science can be the arbiter of truth and that if one cannot prove something with the basic methodology of science, it cannot be true, it can only be a matter of opinion.
This belief he has, not only gives science exclusive - and dangerous - prerogative to own the truth, it also gives everybody else the right to do as they please, because nothing can be proved, nothing is 'true' outside the purview of science.
So when Manny says: I think the opposite. To read his relentless diatribe about all ethics being opinion and then have him say at the very end that scientists have to stand up against Hitler is bizarre. It doesn't work - how can it? It is merely one civilised opinion against another. I don't understand how one can read this book and not be filled with the deepest of unease.
Every time I come across you, Bertrand, I'm unhappy. We must stop meeting; and not just like this. View all 10 comments. Dec 27, Jared rated it it was amazing. It's amazing how prescient Russell's insights from 70 years ago are even today. Many "philosophers" multiply words and leave you understanding less than when you met them.
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