Mysticism and Logic

  title={Mysticism and Logic},
  author={B. Russell}
Instinct, intuition, or insight is what first leads to the beliefs which subsequent reason confirms or confutes; but the confirmation, where it is possible, consists, in the last analysis, of agreement with other beliefs no less instictive. Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one. Even in the most purely logical realm, it is insight that first arrives at what is new. [...] Instinct, like all human faculties, is liable to error. [...] a wrong impresion may be given… Expand
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