Re: ANNOUNCE: First longer sentence in S7
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, April 7, 2004, 4:27|
Philippe Caquant scripsit:
> I always heard "Cogito, ergo sum", but "Cogito, sum"
> would be even nicer. I'm not a Descartes fan, first of
> all because he said animals were nothing else but
> machines (typical anthropocentrism and egotism),
"Descartes thought that he thought but his dog did not. His
dog, however, thought otherwise!" --Raymond Smullyan
> He also decided that
> everything should be based on evidence (maybe I make
> it a little caricatural, but it's something like
> that), which is very dubious; it is not evident at all
> that it's the Earth that's going around the Sun, and
> yet I was told it is so.
It's possible to construct a physics in which the Sun orbits the Earth
salva veritate, but it's hideously complicated. Similarly, it's always
possible to patch up any theory ad hoc, but sometimes it's not worthwhile.
Business before pleasure, if not too bloomering long before.
--Nicholas van Rijn
John Cowan <jcowan@...>