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Everyday we are bombarded with various forms of stimuli We see many people we hear cars drive by we feel the cool breeze etc but how can we prove that we are really experiencing these stimuli That is the question that Rene Descartes asked some three hundred fifty years ago is there anything real in this world Descartes concluded that at least his mind existed because he was thinking which led to him saying Cogito ergo sum which means I think therefore I am In this essay I will briefly discuss Descartes theory and discuss alternative opinions to his theory Around 1641 Descartes convinced himself that nothing really existed no sky no earth no minds no bodies Hospers 71 so would this make him nonexistent No it wouldnt because he doubts and how can there be doubt if there isnt anybody to do the doubting Now that he proved that the mind existed then he could doubt everything else such as what we saw heard tasted felt and smelled Descartes supposed that there was a demon that was spending all of its time deceiving him and everyone else The demon would plant illusions in his and everybodys head to make us believe that we are seeing touching tasting hearing and smelling it may even be deceiving us into thinking that we have a body But he cant deceive me into believing that I exist when I dont for there must be a me to be deceived But perhaps he deceives me about everything else Hospers 72One of the most frustrating things about Descartes theory is that there is no true way to find out if one is being deceived In the movie The Matrix everyone was walking around in a world that was completely manufactured by super intelligent robots The only thing that was real was everyones mind That movie agrees with Descartes and says at least the mind exist Descartes seemed to have a
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