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May I lose a thousand times and I accept the truth each time, then to win once and believe a lie.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 CE):
Munkidh min al-Dalal ( Deliverance from Error), c. 1100 CE
In view of this danger the reading of philosophic writings so full of vain and delusive utopias should be forbidden, just as the slippery banks of a river are forbidden to one who knows not how to swim. The perusal of these false teachings must be prevented just as one prevents children from touching serpents. A snake-charmer himself will abstain from touching snakes in the presence of his young child, because he knows that the child, believing himself as clever as his father, will not fail to imitate him; and in order to lend more weight to his prohibition the charmer will not touch a serpent under the eyes of his son.