Bertrand Russel: Face to Face. March 4th, 1959.

In 1959, as part of the BBC series “Face to Face”, the influential mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russel had an engaging conversation with John Freeman, touching on various aspects of his professional and personal life. Russel comes across as a particularly ‘like-able’ human being, with an abiding mistrust of human war making and hate mongering, and according to him “… love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more closely and closely interconnected we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way and if we are to live together and not die together we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.” A timely message from back in time for these times of strife and hate.

Bertrand Russell - Face to Face Interview (BBC, 1959)

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Rory
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Good to hear the genius speak. :)

Hattori
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A true champion of peace…amazing.

Olaf
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lol he should have been a great spokesperson for the tobacco/cigarette industries.

Rebeiro
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Very brief response to ‘sex’, although he is quite candid about his puritan upbringing.

Berger
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Certainly one of the most important 20th Century philosophic voices. Personally I find the mix of mathematics and moral philosophy very intriguing.

Knudt
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i did not know Russel was such a man of peace…one generally hears about him being a ‘pacifist’ etc. To call him a ‘pacifist’ is such an insult!

mitali
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luv his ‘propah’ accent..he was an aristocrat ;)

H Kristoff
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Almost all 20th c philosophers, had very puritan upbringings…point to consider.

Petra
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I aways thought Russel was a grouchy, humorless serious man. How wrong I was.

Trevor B
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The History of Western Philosophy. Nuff Said.

daniel
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hehe…i likes his story of surviving a plane crash…and yeah, i m a smoker.

Tsui
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If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence.

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