Hi friends,
Need your help again. I found this philosopher René Descartes's suppose-to-be-famous words: I think, therefore I am. I wonder what he was trying to say. Does it mean that human beings should have thoughts which distinguishes them from animals? Or does it carry the meaning that world exists spiritually. Look forward to your ideas. Many Thanks.
Here's a link that pretty much describes what he was saying. It puts it much more eloquently than I ever could.

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Hi ahava yin,

I a simple person. I just like my beer and pizza and I am a happy camper.

This meta physical stuff never held much interest.

That said, I used GuruNet ( GuruNet.com) and found the following information:

I think; therefore I am

A statement by the seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes. “I think; therefore I am” was the end of the search Descartes conducted for a statement that could not be doubted. He found that he could not doubt that he himself existed, as he was the one doing the doubting in the first place. In Latin (the language in which Descartes wrote), the phrase is “Cogito, ergo sum.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, and James Trefil. Copyright © 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved

To me, all he was saying, because I think, I know I exist.

Hope this helps.

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Sorry I missed your post. We were both typing at the same time. At least we have that question covered. Emotion: smile

hehe, no problem! We're definitely thorough!

That "Dictionary of Cultural Literacy" is a good book. I used to study it in junior high school when I was briefly on the academic team, before I decided that I didn't feel like learning facts for facts' sake. Very interesting reading, though!
Thank you!!!
You are just so kind to answer my weird questions. Sorry for that, hehe. Fact is that I need the answers so that I could do the same thing as what you are doing when I'm facing another group of questioners, hehe.
On the whole, you saved me. hehe
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Don't neglect to point out that the so-called "Cogito" is a fallacy.


It's circular. It assumes in the premiss what it claims to prove in the conclusion.

DesCartes is saying "I exist" must be true because "I think". But "I think" already presumes the existence of somebody ("I") to do the thinking! Using the word "I" in the premiss spoils the whole argument!

At least this is what some writers claim.
Thank you CalifJim. Emotion: smile
Your explaination is quite clear. Now I feel prepared to answer the-puzzled kids. Thank you again.