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The existence of God has been a question since the idea of God was conceived Descartes tries to prove Gods existence and to show that there is without a doubt something external to ones own existence He is looking for a definite certainty a foundation for which he can base all of his beliefs and know that they are true Descartes overall project is to find a definite certainty on which he can base all his knowledge and beliefsDescartes attacks the principles that support everything he believes with his Method of Doubt The Method of Doubt is Descartes method of fundamental questioning in which he doubts everything that there is the slightest reason to doubt Think about it like this Almost everything you believe to be true comes from the senses or through the senses However the senses are sometimes deceptive Since the senses are not completely trustworthy it is irrational to place complete trust in them However it is no small leap of faith to presume that everything our senses tell us is false In fact it seems almost absurd to say such a thing Nevertheless as Descartes points out we have dreams regularly and in these dreams everything we experience is a figment of our imagination or at least not real in the physical sense So it is reasonable to doubt everything our senses tell us for the time being Now using similar logic we can say that everything we have learned from physics astronomy medicine and other such fields are all doubtful Descartes even believed we could say that such simple logical statements as 23 5 or a square has 4 sides could be conceived to be false Since I judge that others sometimes make mistakes in matters that they believe they know most perfectly may I not in like fashion be deceived every time I add two and three or count the sides of a square We are now at
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