Rene Descartes, without brain scanning technology and no knowledge of the amygdala, told but a part of the story with his I think therefore I am.

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"I think

"therefore I am,"

Said the philosopher.

"Bunk! He didn't feel; he only

Half-was."

- - - - - - -

That's a quintain form devised by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey.

Five lines; two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.

Rene Descartes all but asked for it.

 

I like the poem very much, Tom, and yes, he asked for it.

"I think therefore I am"

It was shortly after that famous phrase when the book took a surprising turn, running completely off the rails.

Greg, I heard of Descartes in a college analytic geometry class.

When I heard of his "I think...." line I thought he was missing something so basic that:

1) I did not then know how to identify what he was missing, and

2) I didn't want to know any more about him.

I now see his dualism as a possible sign of schizo, once known as split personality. Is that where you see him as having run off the rails?

When I was getting a math degree I thought art students were strange. Soon after I retired I took a few art classes and I now joke about math students as being nutty.  

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