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In Descartes Meditations he attempts to outline his philosophical views of the mind and body Descartes knows that over the course of his life he inadvertently accepted many false beliefs and their falsity infected other beliefs which he based on them He decides to sort through his beliefs discard all the questionable ones and retain only a perfectly secure basis some beliefs whose truth is beyond doubt He begins by doubting all that he knows and all that he feels in order that he may be absolutely certain when he claims to have knowledge of anything One of his initial methods of skepticism is to doubt everything that comes to him via the sensual world In order to do this he suggests the possibility that he is always in a dream state Descartes remembers that sometimes when he is dreaming he falsely believes that hes awake And reflecting on this Descartes thinks he cant ever tell whether or not hes dreaming Maybe its all just a dream If it were a dream everything would seem just the same Thus every bit of knowledge about the world that he gained would be false Descartes introduces the argument in his first meditation but never fully explains his reasons for dismissing it Finally at the end of his last meditation VI he offers a response to this early concern Descartes claims to have found a marked difference between the states of dreaming and wakefulness He adheres to the notion that memory is not linked and able to connect dreams in sequential order as it is able to do with waking states Additionally he concludes that if he is able to connect something be it inanimate or animate to its past present and future occurrence or appearance in his life then he is definitely awake He feels that such ability is not possible in the dream state Finally he states that if he has exhausted all his abilities and
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