May 15th, 2012
I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young, and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is none the less true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting. Many a man has borne himself proudly on the scaffold; surely the same pride should teach us to think truly about man’s place in the world. Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cosy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing
myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigour, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own.

Bertrand Russell, What I Believe (via philphys)

Yeah, I really hope that Russell was wrong.

Reblogged from Philosophy
March 30th, 2012

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The Atlantic Facebook Timeline: 1857-Present

We just launched our timeline featuring selections from our archives dating back to 1857. Read works by Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bertrand Russell, Jane Addams, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Woodrow Wilson, H.G. Wells, David Foster Wallace, James Fallows, Arthur Schlesinger, and more.

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