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Message Subject Sarah's Nightmare
Poster Handle ShadowDancer
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Greek philosopher, Pyrrho (c. 360 - c. 270 B.C.), a native of Elis, taught that ... the wise man will withhold his judgment. Rather than say, 'This is so, we should say, 'So it appears to me, or 'It may be so. Frederick Charles Copleston, A History of Philosophy: Greece & Rome, Vol. I, 1965

We are more readily convinced by reasons we have found ourselves than by those reasons which have occurred to others. Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than negatives. Francis Bacon, The new organon and related writings, 1620

... many factors ... have been shown to cause irrational behavior, including social and emotional biases as well as the many quirks of thought produced by such failings as not taking account of negative cases or being too swayed by what first comes to mind. (Norman) Stuart Sutherland, Irrationality: Why We Don't Think Straight!, 1992

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