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Rene Descartes, Philosopher
[1650 - Rene Descartes, philosopher, scientist, died]

John Jay - First Chief Justice
[1790 - First session of the U.S. Supreme Court]

Composor Victor Herbert Composor Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland
[1859 - Victor Herbert, composer, conductor, born in Dublin, Ireland]

Director John Ford
[1894 - John Ford (Sean Aloysius O'Feeney), Academy Award-winning director, born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine]

Actor Clark Gable
[1901 - (William) Clark Gable, actor, born in Cadiz, Ohio]

Poet Langston Hughes
[1902 - Langston Hughes, poet, author, born in Joplin, Missouri]

Writer S.J. Perelman
[1904 - S.J. Perelman (Sidney/Simeon Joseph Perelman), humorist, writer, born in Brooklyn]

Soprano Renata Tebaldi as Tosca Renata Tebaldi as Madama Butterfly
[1922 - Renata Tebaldi, opera singer, born in Pesaro, Italy]

Why Am I?

If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.
Discours de la Methode

The philosopher Descartes embraced the primacy of self-awareness (Cogito, ergo sum). We have now learned that certain monkeys (and not even the smartest of the non-human primates at that) can solve and remember multiple complex, seven-part sequences of images (just as can college students). Both the monkeys and the college students can also compare and analyze a pair of images taken from different sequences to determine which of the two images comes first.primate with laptop
Given these findings that were not available to Descartes in the 17th Century, I wonder if he were alive today whether he might formulate his approach differently.

Ollie & Stan
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
Ambrose Bierce

William's Whimsical Words:

Puteo, ergo sum (I stink therefore I am) seems now to be just as defensible a position in light of the new evidence. [Pardon the poor Latin grammar]

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