Creative Thinkers Essay

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Creative Thinkers The idea of logic may not mean the same without Bertrand Russell; perhaps one of the most important logicians of the 20th Century. Russell was a British philosopher, mathematician, logician, political activist, and historian. He led the British revolt against idealism and was one of the founders of analytic philosophy. Russell did not conform to ideas of normal society and questioned everything from a logical stand point. He is widely known for his questioning of God, religion, and how we were created. This logical approach is what stood out to me the most when researching him. I can relate because I too have always questioned the logic behind religion and the afterlife. I think one of his largest contributions to society was letting society know that it is alright to question what you were told to believe in; even this is frowned upon in a lot of cultures today. Bertrand Russell was born of a prominent and liberal family within the British aristocrats. Because of this he grew up in with a highly political environment. His parents were atheists, but after they passed he was raised by his grandparents who were Christian. At the age of 15 he started questioning everything and looking at it from logical view and by the time he turned 18 he had seen no evidence of the Christian dogmas and examined all the stock arguments in the existence of God and none of them seem to fit his ideals of logic. Russell did not look at things the way most do. He looked at everything as a problem, something to learn from, and he made his own decisions based on his own research on what he believed in. All of this was his creativity and his way of thinking was nothing less than creative. “Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look

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