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Evil-Demons in my head Descartes proposes that all of our experiences are merely an ongoing dream Meaning everything we know and understand to be real is a sham In this paper I am going to argue first that through this thought-experiment Descartes tries to deny the concept of knowledge Second I will show how he responds to his own questions posed through his hypothesis Lastly I will demonstrate how the film Matrix helps one to realize the relevance of Descartes thought-experiment Descartes realizes in order for him to take this thought seriously he must demolish all doubt he may carry with him into his experiment For if he has doubt about what he is thinking then how could he take his own thoughts seriously let alone anyone else He does this by locking himself away to complete his thoughts After he accomplishes this he begins his meditations He begins his argument with a curious thought dreaming what is it He first looks at the things around him Descartes analyzes them over and over again trying to figure out if they are really there or if he is dreaming that they are there He observes that when you dream you usually assume that if you pinch yourself during a dream you will wake up or if it hurts you arent dreaming but he asks could it be you are dreaming the hurt from the pinch Its a curious thought if you think hard enough about it Does the pain actually exist or are you only dreaming of the pain in your dream He begins to believe that the pain is only our minds telling us it hurts its merely a figment of our imagination Descartes goes on to start to doubt his senses Is the color we see actually that color or is it a different color or further more is it even a color could it be some thing else This is how
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