Going to have to re-examine Socrates…

Figuratively speaking, of course, since he’s dead and all…

Man, Descartes so far is a serious disappointment. He seems to have an almost Dickensian tendency to verbal puffery (though thankfully the Descartes “Meditations” are much smaller than the big sack of tedium that was “David Copperfield”). It’s like he’s developed an unwholesome lust for his own thoughts and can’t keep his metaphysical hands off of them.

You’d think a guy clever enough to come up with “The Cogito™” could do better.

When I heard Descartes described years ago, I’d heard he started with “I think, therefore I am” and then from there proved the existence of The Supreme Being somehow. While I didn’t expect an unquestionable Proof, I did at least expect to see some spectacular theological philosophy taking place.

Instead, I (metaphorically, of course) show up at Descartes’ intellectual feast expecting some unique and exotic fare, only to see Descartes rummage around in his kitchen to come up with an old, freezer-burnt old package of leftover AquinasAnselm (oops), which he spottily defrosts in the consumer-grade-microwave of his argument. Bah. Not even worthy of dirtying my mental spork on. (There, do I sound arrogant enough to be an old-school philosopher myself yet?)

In other news: Celebration time! I’ve advanced all the way from 1st loser to 3rd loser! WOOHOO! It’s a bit of a jump to get up to the next tier (blogs getting an average of around 50-100 votes/day) but I can make it…

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The Author is (currently) an autodidactic student of Industrial and Environmental microbiology, who is sick of people assuming all microbiology should be medical in nature, and who would really like to be allowed to go to graduate school one of these days now that he's finished his BS in Microbiology (with a bonus AS in Chemistry). He also enjoys exploring the Big Room (the one with the really high blue ceiling and big light that tracks from one side to the other every day) and looking at its contents from unusual mental angles.

3 thoughts on “Going to have to re-examine Socrates…”

  1. I clicked the image, Sean Clark, but didn’t see a place to vote anywhere. Am I just blind or am I going to the wrong place?

  2. Mentioning Descartes invokes the mandatory uttering of the following:

    Descartes walked into a bar one day, and the bartender asked, ‘would you like something to drink?’

    Descartes indignantly replied, ‘I think not!’ Then he vanished in a puff of philosophical irony.

    Personally, I believe in the evil genius.

  3. If you click the image and get a page with a listing of how many votes everyone got rather than the voting form, it means you’ve already voted for me once (thank you!) from that browser and/or IP address, at least.

    Personally, I believe that I can doubt that the evil genius is not me. Conveniently, Descartes is not here to refute my status as his “evil genius”… Take that, Descartes!

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