Point of Interest

1st February 2013 at 00:00

The truth of the matter

It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true. This statement is almost a tautology. For the energy of operation of a proposition in an occasion of experience is its interest, and its importance. But of course a true proposition is more apt to be interesting than a false one.

From Adventures of Ideas (1933), by Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), English philosopher, mathematician and co-author - with Bertrand Russell - of Principia Mathematica.

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