Blog Post: A Quote from Bertrand Russell

Linda Elder
Oct 30, 2019 • 3y ago
A Quote from Bertrand Russell

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Posted by: Joseph Halter

{"ops":[{"insert":"Bertrand Russell's hope of a new world of humanity with new wisdom discovered by moral and intellectual standards is noteworthy. The natural barriers to this world are immense. Humans are capable of clear thinking and kind feelings.\n"}]}



Posted by: Joseph Halter

{"ops":[{"insert":"I just read this article, "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://community.criticalthinking.org/viewDocument.php?doc=../content/library_for_everyone/16/BertrandRussellonCriticalThinking.pdf&page=1"},"insert":"Bertrand Russell on Critical Thinking"},{"insert":" in the Critical Thinking Community and found it very enlightening. \n"}]}