Quote of the Day

A rationalist is simply someone for whom it is more important
to learn than to be proved right; someone who is willing to learn from
others — not by simply taking over another’s opinions, but by gladly
allowing others to criticize his ideas and by gladly criticizing the
ideas of others. The emphasis here is on the idea of criticism or, to be
more precise, critical discussion. The genuine rationalist does not
think that he or anyone else is in possession of the truth; nor does he
think that mere criticism as such helps us achieve new ideas. But he
does think that, in the sphere of ideas, only critical discussion can
help us sort the wheat from the chaff. He is well aware that acceptance
or rejection of an idea is never a purely rational matter; but he thinks
that only critical discussion can give us the maturity to see an idea
from more and more sides and to make a correct judgement of it.

— Karl Popper


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