Tuesday, 21 January 2014

T.H. Huxley - Against Unfounded Beliefs and Opinions

Calling T.H. Huxley an infidel made him really, really mad.  He coined the term "agnostic" and much preferred that. He believed no one should claim certainty for what they couldn't prove, and this caused a great deal of ill-feeling among Victorian academics:

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In his own words, philosopher Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) invented the word “agnosticism.” 
The Principal of King’s College London, the Reverend Dr. Wace, targeted Huxley with a provocative tirade. The reason for this attack was Huxley’s belief that it is wrong for anyone to claim with certainty the objective truth of something if they are unable to justify it with certainty and produce evidence to that effect.
Huxley also believed that irrational, unquestioning beliefs brought with them certain social consequences.

Dr. Wace’s Attack on Huxley

This is part of Dr. Wace’s attack on Huxley:
“He may prefer to call himself an agnostic; but his real name is an older one-he is an infidel; that is to say, an unbeliever. The word infidel, perhaps, carries an unpleasant significance. Perhaps it is right that it should.  Read more

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