Russell’s Teapot

23 March 2008

Thank you, David, for introducing me to this website.  I’ve always been a great fan of Bertrand Russell but didn’t know about this wonderful comic site based on his statement:

“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 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.”

– Bertrand Russell 




  1. I, too, came across this – via Sage’s podcast – Quirky Nomads. She did an out-loud version of the cartoons, worth a listen (you might like her in general – and you don’t need an ipod). http://quirkynomads.com/wp/2008/03/14/russells-teapot-2/

  2. Yes, and I’m in it.

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