Quote of the Day

Sometimes a speaker is so persuasive that one cannot help believing him. But one can find oneself doing all sorts of things—stroking one's beard, brushing one's teeth when one intended merely to get a drink of water, and so forth.

Harman, Gilbert. 1997. “Pragmatism and Reasons for Belief”, in Christopher B. Kulp (Ed), Realism/Antirealism and Epistemology, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham MD, pp. 123–147. Reprinted in his Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 93–118. (I would like to be a speaker so persuasive that before you realise it, you find yourself brushing your teeth).