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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@...>