When The Rational Think Irrationally

CBC interview of Bertrand Russell, 1959:

Q: Do you think there’s a practical reason for having a religious belief, for many people?

A: Well, there can’t be a practical reason for believing what isn’t true. At least, I rule it out as impossible. Either the thing is true or it isn’t. If it’s true you should believe it and if it isn’t you shouldn’t. If you can’t find out whether it’s true or it isn’t you should suspend judgement. (emphasis mine)

Two minutes later . . .

Q: As you approach the end of life do you have any fear of some kind of afterlife?

A: No, I think that’s nonsense.

Q: There is no afterlife?

A: None whatever.

So much for suspending judgement.