lördag 25 februari 2012

Ideology and belief in belief

"A well-known anecdote about Niels Bohr illustrates the ideological situation today. Surprised at seeing a horseshoe above the door of Bohr’s country house, a visiting scientist said he didn’t believe that horseshoes kept evil spirits out of the house, to which Bohr answered: ‘Neither do I; I have it there because I was told that it works just as well if one doesn’t believe in it!’ This is how ideology functions today: nobody takes democracy or justice seriously, we are all aware that they are corrupt, but we practise them anyway because we assume they work even if we don’t believe in them." - Slavoj Žižek

Niels Bohr

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