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06/06/07: Bertrand Russell's Coffee Pot

I'm reading 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, which is fantastic. I've just got to the bit about Bertrand Russell's teapot:

"If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."
("Is there a God?" commissioned (but never published) by Illustrated magazine in 1952)

Now that I've drawn a coffee pot as a spaceship I'm thinking, when Brition does finally launch a spaceship they ought to make it look like an everyday object...but huge, because then if we do meet any aliens they'll think we must be giants!

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