More on DesCartes

After this short film, you will find John Cottingham, a professor at the university of Reading in England, discussing how Des Carte is really the philosophical father of modern mathematics and physics.  I found this to be an interesting and easy to understand lesson on Des Cartes and his methods and rhetoric.  Jan Kollitz




10 responses to “More on DesCartes

  1. Descartes is also the father of duality – or at least he introduced it to the Western world. He viewed humans as consisting of a soul and body, whereas the Hebrews viewed the material body as part of the soul.
    “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the [‘ruach’ (breath, wind, spirit)]; and man became a living soul”
    Descartes philosophy concerning the nature of the soul seems to have opened the door for the idea of consciousness/life outside of the material body/dust, which is the most popular doctrine concerning death and the afterlife in contemporary Christianity, but as we see in the Hebrew writings, for the soul to be (or to think) it is necessary for the dust to be animated by the ruach.

  2. This helped me understand DesCartes a bit better, the animation was entertaining as well. It’s just I wish there was more, 24 minutes was quite interesting, but I was really hoping for more, like a full hour, I love philosophers and the way they think!

  3. This video was very interesting. Even though, he talked really fast. But the points he made about Descartes was very interesting and his theories seemed legit.

  4. Descartes was a very interesting philosopher. I have had the pleasure to read more from him in my intro to philosophy class. He was a brilliant thinker, and his famous conclusion, “I think, therefore I am,” is used and pondered upon by philosophers, spirituals, and even scientists.

  5. I thought this video was funny although at times it was hard to understand. I guess anytime a person speaks vulgar makes me laugh.

  6. I thought the first video was quite hilarious. Although he talks a bit too fast, he makes a lot of sense. It is definitely an interesting opinion of Descartes.

  7. Let’s say, because it is more than highly probable, that we only experience what our brains tell us we do, and there is a whole “world” of information we can’t “see” or “feel”. The fact is that we cannot experience everything through our senses alone, and we (as humans) have built tools and sensors that specialize in the endeavors of scientists trying to map the “invisible” worlds around us, such as with the invention of infrared cameras, the discovery of radio signals, the fact that light is made up of a larger spectrum than is visible. Sounds and tactile sensation are also interpretations of the electromagnetic spectrum (which apparently travels infinitely in both directions of high and low frequency) by our brain. What of brains that interpret information differently, such as in the case of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, or people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder? How do those brains interpret the world? I agree that we need to see how the fuck he got to these conclusions instead of being told he did. We should be able to walk in his footsteps of discovery. I am particularly fond of the explanation of the logic on how he proved the existence of what he perceived to be god. There is much more on this.. But I must conduct research and perhaps meditate on this (I need to find new ways to do so)…

  8. This video was interestingly confusing. Like I understand Descarte’s theories but how he obtained them is what I am confused with. The speaker spoke annoyingly fast but other than, his point of Descarte was clear. The cartoon was funny, cute, and illuminating.

  9. This is very helpful and entertaining. It helps me think about the essay he wrote in a better understanding. Also this is funny.

  10. The speaker’s voice is borderline unbearable but his words are thought provoking. He breaks down Descarte’s theories in a manner that allows normal people to understand it. Keeping it simple is the key to comprehension. The language he used also helped because it was more down to earth and student friendly.Very interesting video indeed.

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