Friday, December 21, 2007

A la Descartes

I've been thinking lately about Descartes' idea that we are simply a res cogitan. I completely disagree (as the ultimate subject of attribution in a rational being is the person, not a nature and certainly not a power). But, while thinking about this, my brain naturally went to a joke I had heard a few years ago.

Descartes walks into a Cafe in Paris to have a coffee. As the waiter pours his coffee for him, he asks, "Sir, would you care for any cream or milk?" to which Descartes replies, "I think not." and disappears.

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