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Before attempting to pass on a belief to others, we ought ourselves to be all the more convinced of its truth.
- It is rare for individuals to think through what they believe, but such an activity is essential for someone who wishes to promulgate a belief.
- In particular, it is incumbent on people who hold & wish to promulgate views strongly at variance with current expert opinion to have made a serious attempt to evaluate the received ideas before acting against them.
- Freedom must, however, be allowed for academics & other thoughtful persons to try out new ideas. Any promulgation of ideas must be accompanied by due reserve rather than, as is often the case, with zeal proportional to their dubiousness.
- The experience of totalitarian regimes in the 20th and earlier centuries well illustrates the misery generated by the collective belief of falsehoods.
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