Monday, June 10, 2019

"I want, therefore I am"

"I think, therefore I am"?

How about, rather,

"I want, therefore I am?"


  1. How about neither?

    It’s actually “I am aware, therefore I know I am.”
    See solipsism.
    Also see Epistemology.

    I do wonder what Descartes (1596 - 1650) actually meant by “cogito” and if he considered the components of mental process or lumped them together.
    He was one of those busy geniuses who spent quality time with multiple subjects. No doubt he missed a thing or two regarding each.

    As for thinking and wanting, they come and go and they certainly vary.
    Haven’t figured out how to handle dreamless sleep, however.
    Indian philosophy with its yogic influences handles it better.

    Flip it:
    “If I am not aware (of thought, of desire), do I not exist?”
    Almost sounds stupid. LOL!

  2. I wonder what Descartes would have become if he was made aware of Eastern meditative practices, koans and hua tou.