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Bertrand Russell

Iconic Philosopher of 20th Century

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was an extremely influential philosopher and logician of the 20th century. Although he was an academic, he dedicated much of his time to political and social causes.

Bertrand Russell's Opinions

The objections which are explicitly urged against women's suffrage are, of course, not those which weigh most with most men. Men fear that their liberty to act in ways that are injurious to women will be curtailed... To substitute cooperation for subjection is everywhere the effort of democracy, and it is one of the strongest arguments in favour of the enfranchisement of women that it will further this substitution in all that concerns the relations of men and women.
01 Jan 1910    Source

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
06 Mar 1927    Source


If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be the world as God, so that there cannot be any validity in that argument. It is exactly of the same nature as the Hindu's view, that the world rested upon an elephant and the elephant rested upon a tortoise; and when they said, "How about the tortoise?" the Indian said, "Suppose we change the subject." The [First Cause] argument is really no better than that.
06 Mar 1927    Source

My conclusion [to the question: is there a god?] is that there is no reason to believe any of the dogmas of traditional theology and, further, that there is no reason to wish that they were true. Man, in so far as he is not subject to natural forces, is free to work out his own destiny. The responsibility is his, and so is the opportunity.
01 Jan 1952    Source

No man treats a motorcar as foolishly as he treats another human being. When the car will not go, he does not attribute its annoying behaviour to sin; he does not say, "You are a wicked motorcar, and I shall not give you any more petrol until you go." He attempts to find out what is wrong and to set it right. An analogous way of treating human beings is, however, considered to be contrary to the truths of our holy religion.
01 Jan 1930    Source

Being a highly virtuous child, I believed all that I was told, and acquired a conscience which has kept me working hard down to the present moment. But although my conscience has controlled my actions, my opinions have undergone a revolution. I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached.
01 Jan 1932    Source

Of course not. After all, I may be wrong.
01 Jan 1970    Source

But in the present state of psychology and physiology, belief in immortality can, at any rate, claim no support from science, and such arguments as are possible on the subject point to the probable extinction of personality at death.
01 Jan 1935    Source

Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between Bertrand Russell and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on Bertrand Russell's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Iconic Philosopher of 19th Century
93% agreement / 4 opinions

Austin Cline
100% agreement / 2 opinions

John Stuart Mill
Philosopher, Political Economist, 19th Century
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Steven Weinberg
Nobel Laureate in Physics
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Paul Z. Myers
Biology Professor
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Douglas Hofstadter
Professor of Cognitive Science
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
66% agreement / 3 opinions

Steven Pinker
Psychology Professor
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Edward Witten
Physicist who pioneered M-Theory
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Bill Maher
Political T.V. Host, Comedian
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Michio Kaku
Physics Professor
25% agreement / 1 opinions

The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
0% agreement / 4 opinions

Osama Bin Laden
Former Leader of Al Qaeda
0% agreement / 3 opinions

Deepak Chopra
Inventor of Quantum Healing
0% agreement / 2 opinions

John Clayton
Christian Teacher
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Barack Obama
United States President
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Christian Encyclopedia
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Bertrand Russell's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Bertrand Russell typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Does God exist?
High Disagree Is there life after death?
High Agree Is free will an illusion?
High Disagree Must God exist to explain how the universe began?
Medium Agree Should women have the right to vote?
Low Agree Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?
Low Agree Do we work unnecessarily long hours?

Projected Opinions

Bertrand Russell's projected opinions are opinions Bertrand Russell is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
High Neutral Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Medium Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
Medium Mostly Agree Is morality objective?
Medium Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Medium Disagree Does everything happen for a reason?
Medium Disagree Does religion encourage good behavior?
Medium Disagree Is God just?
Low Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
Low Neutral Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Low Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Low Agree Does life have a meaning?
Low Agree Is the world explainable without God?
Low Disagree Do miracles happen?
Low Disagree Does homeopathy work?
Low Disagree Has feminism gone too far?
Low Mostly Disagree Are our enemies innately evil?
Low Agree Can we handle the truth?