the teapot

Ve l’ho già detto che adoro gli scritti del mio amico Gabriele?


(sottotitolo: lies.and.religion)


Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation…

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  1. Interessante che tu abbia interpretato in questo modo questo articolo, perché io in realtà non volevo parlare specificatamente di quel tema. Più che altro, mi interessava sottolineare, come dicevo ad Andrea nei commenti, che non esiste testo senza contesto.

    "Mi piace"

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