A wonderful Bertrand Russell anecdote (there are many) that I heard from Murray Kiteley
, professor emeritus
at Smith College
When Russell was three years old, his aunt took him to the seashore. After exploring the beach by himself for some time, he returned to his aunt with a determined look on his face. "Auntie, do barnacles think?" he asked.
"I don't know, Bertie," she replied.
Said Bertie: "Well, you must learn."