Karl Popper

1902 - 1994

A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on imagination, life, past, people, and reality

When we enter a new situation in life and are confronted by a new person, we bring with us the prejudices of the past and our previous experiences of people. These prejudices we project upon the new person. Indeed, getting to know a person is largely a matter of withdrawing projections; of dispelling the smoke screen of what we imagine he is like and replacing it with the reality of what he is actually like.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: Psychiatrist Anthony Storr as quoted by Magee, Popper (London: Fontana/Collins, 1973) p. 65.

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on acceptance, assumptions, inclusion, language, learning, mistakes, people, readiness, understanding, and wishes

It is often asserted that discussion is only possible between people who have a common language and accept common basic assumptions. I think that this is a mistake. All that is needed is a readiness to learn from one's partner in the discussion, which includes a genuine wish to understand what he intends to say. If this readiness is there, the discussion wrighteous stupidityill be the more fruitful the more the partner's backgrounds differ.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

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