In the concluding pages of the Alcoholics Anonymous Basic Text there’s a quote by Herbert Spencer; “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
This quote first appeared in a story in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous on page 380. The quote began the story “An Artist’s Concept”:
The story was dropped from subsequent editions and the quote was moved to appear at the end of Appendix II called “Spiritual Experience”. This would be on page 570 in the Third Edition and on Page_____ in the Fourth Edition.
Spencer was a very widely known English philosopher, scientist, theologin during the 1800’s. He was also among the creators of the field of sociology. He was among the greatest minds of Victorian England.