via Brainpickings: beautiful letter by Richard Dawkins to his ten year old daughter on how we know what we know:[pullquote2 quotes=”true” align=”center” textColor=”#000000″ cite=”Richard Dawkins”]People sometimes say that you must believe in feelings deep inside, otherwise you’d never be confident of things like ‘My wife loves me’. But this is a bad argument. There can be plenty of evidence that somebody loves you. All through the day when you are with somebody who loves you, you see and hear lots of little tidbits of evidence, and they all add up. It isn’t purely inside feeling, like the feeling that priests call revelation. There are outside things to back up the inside feeling: looks in the eye, tender notes in the voice, little favors and kindnesses; this is all real evidence.[/pullquote2]

The quote is pulled from A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love.

Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest. Check out Portland Wild, a visual map-driven guide to Portland's public art, its Heritage Trees and its Little Free Libraries.

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