I think therefore I am - René Descartes (1596 – 1650)
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This sprang from the conclusion that while what he was thinking might be wrong, the fact that he was thinking proved that he existed.
After he was satisfied that he did, indeed, exist, he went on to ponder in what form he existed. He knew himself to exist as a thinking thing but at that point was not sure whether he actually had a body.
Perhaps he did not have a mirror in which to see himself. But philosophically speaking, he may not trust what his eyes beheld...or did he have eyes?
I don't pretend to understand philosophy, but I believe that it calls for deep thinking. That is the reason for many of the quotes I choose...to make us think beyond just the surface, or the face value of the words.
This post goes out today to my nephew who graduated this past weekend with degrees in philosophy and mathematics. Chris, we are very proud of you and your accomplishments.
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