12/05/2014 By dadmin Off

On questioning prejudice

The various reactions I’ve seen recently to a transgender person winning the Eurovision made me realise how hard it is for people to accept what they believe is “anormal” and how hard it is to open your mind and question your prejudices.  Here are some quotes I like that are related to this.

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” 
― Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” 
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” 
― Isaac Asimov

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.” 
― Albert Einstein

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” 
― Mark Twain

“It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth.” 
― Milan Kundera, Encounter