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The quest to find out who we are where we came from where we will go after we die and what if anything controls our world has fascinated mankind throughout the centuries Famous philosophers have devoted their whole lives to developing theories and yet the closest any have come to success has been to not have their theories disproved With the knowledge that no theory has been proven to fact I dont know may be the only true answer to one of civilizations oldest questions The idea that we can never know the answers to these and many other questions leads to the theory of Skepticism This theory maintains that we must doubt every single one of our empirical beliefs as they are from our perceptions like our material body We doubt them because they are seen from the lens of our own prejudices For example just as our senses can deceive us or our dreams seem real our experiences can also deceive us Therefore we cannot with certainty say that anything is true and we have no knowledge and we live in the unknown However Skepticism is contrary to one of the most basic of human instincts the fear of the unknown The desire to define the world and make order out of chaos and the refusal to accept I dont know as the answer has motivated both scientists and philosophers Rene Descartes 1596-1650 was one such man Though brilliant and the author of Mediations feared being skeptical of the external world Descartes wanted to disprove the skepticism theory To do so he first developed two premises for the skepticism theory and then rejected it by disproving one premise The first premise is that of Nave Empiricism This premise states that all knowledge rests on our perception our own experiences and therefore all our knowledge is true The second premise is the method of Doubt Descartes claims knowledge is something that is indubitable That
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