Descartes Wheels

“Cogito ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am; or I am thinking, therefore I exist), words which reverberated around the world in the 17th century. They were spoken by Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the French philosopher who came to be known as the Father of Modern Philosophy. Three and a half centuries later, we find ourselves in this strange position of redefining the very nature of reality and identity by morphing into multiple beings and wandering a new kind of inner and outer space.

There are moments, I must admit, when I actually find myself wondering just who is dreaming who…. or, as the Zen philosopher Chuang Tzu once said, “Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?” Whatever it turns out to be, it sure is fun to fly while we’re here, wouldn’t you say?

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