„Amazing what we can self-rationalize when we really want something“

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„When I speak of reason or rationalism, all I mean is the conviction that we can learn through criticism of our mistakes and errors, especially through criticism by others, and eventually also through self-criticism.“

—  Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
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