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For centuries human beings have been debating over the validity of the use of reason This is a very very difficult subject to discuss as one is forced to study something which is at that moment being used in their study Two classic thinkers who contrasted on their view of reason were Descartes and Pascal Though both saw reason as the primary source of knowledge they disagreed over the competence of human reason Descartes the skeptic said that we could use reason to find certain truth if we used it correctly while Pascal said that we cant know certain truth but reason is the best source of knowledge that we have Descartes Reason is the tool by which we know everything that we know But most people make the mistake of basing their reasoning on assumptions which are not known with 100 certainty As Ive said I am greatly astonished when I consider the great feebleness of mind and its proneness to fall insensibly into error KB p 409 But it is possible to avoid falling into error if we use the valuable tool of reason correctly In order to do this and find certainty we must find something that we cannot doubt This is impossible as we can logically doubt anything A certain truth must be something that is not logically possible to be false We must doubt as that is the only way to find certain truth It is the only way to wipe the slate clean of all of the uncertain assumptions which are believed and taught in the universities today Just as mathematics will lead to uncertain assumptions if it is not built on certain truths so will all use of reason lead to uncertain assumptions if it is not built on certain truths There is a way to use doubt though to find certainty If 100 certainty equals 0 doubt and we are certain
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