Descartes famous declaration means something a lot different to me now then
when I took Philosophy 101 in college.  Now I understand it as:

"I think,..."
The arising and exercising of cognitive faculties...

"...therefore I am."
...gives rise to dualist thought and concepts, most specifically a concept
of 'self' (I) as something distinct and apart from everything else, and
plunges me headlong into the illusory world of maya.


From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf
Of Jim 
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Subject: RE: [Zen] consciousness

Cogito, ergo sum! Descartes’ theory of ‘I think, therefore I am’
http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/d/descarte.htm#SH4a is the Internet
Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Descartes’ work.


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