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

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

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman    Abolitionist Harriet Tubman    Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
[1820 - Harriet Tubman (Araminta Harriet Ross), abolitionist, humanitarian, Union spy, born in Dorchester County, Maryland]

Young Victor Herber    Composor Victor Herber    Composor Victor Herbert at his desk    Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland    Composor Victor Herbert
[1859 - Victor Herbert, musician, composer, conductor, born in Dublin, Ireland]

Director John Ford    Director John Ford    Director John Ford
[1894 - John Ford (John Martin Feeney), Academy Award-winning film director, born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine]

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

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

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

Cabaret Singer Hildegarde    The Incomparable  Hildegarde
[1906 - Hildegarde (Hildegarde Loretta Sell), cabaret entertainer, born in Adell, Wisconsin]

Director George Pal    Producer, Director George Pal
[1908 - George Pal, film director, producer, born in Cegled, Hungary]

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

Russian President Boris Yeltsin    Russian President Boris Yeltsin at resignation
[1931 - Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia, born in Butka, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia]

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 should come 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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