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acknowledges the fact that at times he acknowledges the truth and reality of a tangible thing, or an emotion or a feeling and then later he finds out that his
the separation of body and mind are indeed just beliefs or whether there is indeed such a separation. He recognizes, in other words, that it is indeed possible for
is still whole. This train of thought, in turn, caused him to postulate that he might have been deceived by some "evil genius," who influenced his senses to provide
Ren? Descartess Meditations to some extent helps to explain life, but they are as confusing as they are profound. One example of how confusing the meditations can be comes from
the mind is complex and is used for a variety of things. It is something quite functional and definable biologically, but there is a suggestion of a spiritual nature. There
and soul as connected and not separate. Some claim that the brain is really responsible for everything that occurs at the point of death. There have been studies done to
deceived" (86). In the first of these stories, Bouwsma says that the evil genius changed everything in the world into paper, but that paper, itself, he left unchanged. One
thing that thinks" (Descartes, 2001). He affirms that he is a thinking being who is capable of doubt and affirmation, denial and knowledge. He is certain that he thinks and
proves what science cannot. It goes beyond science in a sense. Descartes searches for a way to classify things and express them and is not really looking for answers
ideas and the design and manufacturing processes, comes before the knife is actually in existence.
Think Therefore I Am Many people ask what Descartes meant by his remark "Cogito, ergo sum." And, there are many ways to examine the exact meaning of this particular phrase.
can be sure. As he begins Meditation III, Descartes describes himself as "a thing that thinks." While Descartes grants that what he perceives or imagines may be nothing apart
leading one to come to the ultimate conclusion that the mind is really distinct from ones body by applying his theory of the Other Mind. II. THE OTHER MIND
consider whether this implies that what he perceives through sensory data can also be considered as true. He begins the First Meditation by stating that
"innate, some adventitious and others to be formed (or invented)" by himself, as he reasons that he has the "power of understanding...from no other source than my own nature" (Descartes).