Monday, December 01, 2008

Quote of the Day (12/2/08)

Once the idealist argument is accepted, I understand that it is possible—even inevitable —to go even further. . . . The Cartesian "I think, therefore I am" is thus invalidated: to say I think is to postulate the I, and is a petito principii. In the eighteenth century, Lichtenberg proposed that in place of I think, we should say, impersonally it thinks, just as one could say it thunders or it flashes (lightning).
--Jorge Luis Borges, "A New Refutation of Time"

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