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I do not believe that there is any way of obtaining knowledge except the scientific way

October 11, 2009

I do not believe that there is any way of obtaining knowledge except the scientific way. Some of the problems with which philosophy has concerned itself can be solved by scientific methods; others cannot. Those which cannot are insoluble.

Bertrand Russell (speaking in 1922), in Bertrand Russell; The Ghost of Madness, Ray Monk, p.20

Does he know this through the scientific method? Of course, it would be impossible to prove scientifically. But then, he claims to know one thing that isn’t proven by science. Not the first of Mr Russell’s problems that are ‘insoluble’.

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