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A Classic Example Of Russell's Sardonic Humour

A classic example of Russell's sardonic humour “I was told that the Chinese said they would bury me by the Western Lake and build a shrine to my memory. I have some slight regret that this did not happen, as I might have become a god, which would have been very chic for an atheist.“ -Bertrand Russell, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1967–1969), Ch. X: China, p. 365 Background: Russell in China In the early 1920s, Bertrand Russell was a visiting Professor of Philosophy at Peking University where his courses on mathematical logic enthralled students and listeners, including a young Mao Tse Tung, who attended some of Russell's lectures (there is no evidence the two ever meet nor is it known if Russell was aware of Mao being present years later). Russell highly respected Chinese history and philosophy and can even be viewed as a sinophile (a person who demonstrates a strong interest in China, Chinese culture, Chi