On this episode of the podcast, we begin learning about Rene Descartes. First, we find out why the entire human race can be compared to the loud, obnoxious guy at a party who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else. Next, we examine Descartes’ rigorous method of doubt and how it involves Morpheus from the Matrix and Sully from Monsters Inc. Finally, we think about how doubt can help us live better lives and why, when it comes to our beliefs, one bad apple really does spoil the barrel. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!
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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:
Great overview of his Life and Works: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/158787/Rene-Descartes
More philosophy oriented overview: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/descartes-works/
Descartes letter found recently: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/books/25descartes.html?_r=0
Descartes may have been poisoned? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/feb/14/rene-descartes-poisoned-catholic-priest