Saturday, February 1, 2014
[1650 - Rene Descartes, philosopher, scientist, died]
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.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
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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