Descartes (pronounced as “day cart”) was a French philosopher who wanted to know if we can be sure of *anything*.

He imagined an extremely powerful demon who is hell bent on deceiving us. Whenever we see other people, mountains, rivers, and even our own bodies, it’s nothing but an illusion created by the demon to deceive us. Descartes wondered if there is some way to prove that such a demon doesn’t exist.

He came to the conclusion that we can’t. There is no way we can be sure that the outside world exists. After all, arent we equally sure that the world in our dreams exists?

So, can we be sure of anything? “Since I am wondering about this question”, Descartes insisted, “at the very least, I must exist.”

“I think, therefore, I am”

(Author : Daud Khan)


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