‘In the long run my observations have convinced me that some men, reasoning preposterously, first establish some conclusion in their minds which, either because of its being their own or because of their having received it from some person who has their entire confidence, impresses them so deeply that one finds it impossible ever to get it out of their heads.
Such arguments in support of their fixed idea as they hit upon themselves or hear set forth by others, no matter how simple and stupid these may be, gain their instant acceptance and applause.
On the other hand whatever is brought forward against it, however ingenious and conclusive, they receive with disdain or with hot rage — if indeed it does not make them ill.
Beside themselves with passion, some of them would not be backward even about scheming to suppress and silence their adversaries’.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642).
His guest blogger contribution arrived a little late but his words have today the same value than when written. Isn’t it fascinating how human progress has not moved a bit the old ‘fixed ideas’ problem?
Lots have happen since Galileo; our minds seem to work still the same way.