“What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index to his desires…”

"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index to his desires..."
Bertrand Russell

"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index to his desiresdesires of which he himself is often unconscious.

If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance with his instincts, he will accept it even on the slenderest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way…"

From "Proposed roads to freedom: socialism, anarchism and syndicalism" (1919) by Bertrand Russell, "a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic" (1872 – 1970)
– Bertrand Russell, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy>>

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