What Is Existence?
Je pense, donc je suis
"A fuller form, penned by Antoine Léonard Thomas, aptly captures Descartes’s intent: dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum ("I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am"). The concept is also sometimes known as the cogito.Please read how Descartes shaped our modern world
"Descartes asserted that the very act of doubting one's own existence served—at minimum—as proof of the reality of one's own mind; there must be a thinking entity—in this case the self—for there to be a thought." Quoted from:
and our modern sense of time
which is explained at the bottom of this blog.
(a distillation of Rousseau's thought)
"I felt before I thought," wrote Rousseau
or as e.e. cummings wrote,
"since feeling is first"
Yet even more fundamental than thought or feeling
is that awake or asleep we continue
and keep on going as long as we exist
From the moment you are conceived to the moment you die, you continue.
When a species of animals no longer continues, it is extinct.
Descartes And 'The Grid'
Of The Modern World
(Middle) By adding a third aixis Z an object can be described in 3 dimensions.
(Right) By adding time as a fourth dimension, as in this construction work schedule, time and place can be graphed and events can be planned. In this case the time schedule might refer to X/Y/Z graphs showing what was to be done and where in a certain time period during construction.
(Left) A mathematical structure visualized in a graph.
(Middle) A structure for a possible domed roof for a building.
(Right) A 'random walk' accurately mapped out with X/Y/Z coordinates.
Representation of the trajectory of aircraft on an air traffic control radar screen.
On this screen space and time are represented. The x/y/z position of the aircraft is available as is the time for that aircraft at a given position..Our modern technology can pinpoint all four coordinates to display, document or record a time period in the life of an airplane.
Descartes And A Fly = The Cartesian Coordinates
"The coordinate system we commonly use is called the Cartesian system, after the French mathematician René Descartes (1596-1650), who developed it in the 17th century. Legend has it that Descartes, who liked to stay in bed until late, was watching a fly on the ceiling from his bed. He wondered how to best describe the fly's location and decided that one of the corners of the ceiling could be used as a reference point."Imagine the ceiling as a rectangle drawn on a piece of paper: taking the left bottom corner as the reference point, you can specify the location of the fly by measuring how far you need to go in the horizontal direction and how far you need to go in the vertical direction to get to it. These two number are the fly's coordinates."