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Two opposing ideas

12/28/2007

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas
in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack-Up” (1936)US novelist (1896 – 1940)

That’s one of my favorite quotes, and follows closely to part of my perspective on intellectual honesty, which can be put this way: “The test of a high-rate honest intelligence is the willingness to challenge others’ arguments even when you agree with the conclusions they form from them.”

This matters to me because I can’t find comfort in bad anti Iraq war arguments; bad pro gun arguments, etc.

How anyone could, I don’t know.

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