Descarte's meditations: Meditation 1 response

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Descartes’ Meditations: Meditation 1 response In Descartes’ first meditation, he strives to question all that he has learnt throughout his life. He reaches a point in his life where he recognizes that everything he knows and has learnt has been taught to him and he has been molded into believing. Descartes recognizes that thought, sense, the world and reality as we know it are all open to skepticism. He strives to reinforce the notion that the world as we know it can and must be questioned and we must not fall back into a pattern of relying on what has been taught to us or learnt through the senses. Descartes then begins questioning most of his, and in essence, our, beliefs. He explores our many senses and reiterates that what the senses have taught us throughout our lives is not necessarily the truth. According to Descartes’ we have become so prone to believing everything taught to us by the manner in which we sense things and by our experiences that this has become our truth. This truth that has been created for us “from or through,” our senses often deceives us and forces us into believing in false truths. He uses three examples or ideas that question the existence of truth and of all that he has learnt. Descartes begins by examining the idea of a dream. He examines how being awake and asleep are undistinguishable. In that, whilst we are asleep, we may have dreams that engage us in experiences that we associate with being awake and vice versa. It is therefore, hard, if not impossible, to establish truth through perception as we sense it. The next two ideas that Descartes examines are in some manner, related to each other. This is so because as Descartes introduces the idea of a God or a supreme Deity, that has formed the human senses to deceive us into believing that which may not be true. Here the idea of certain sciences is explored as being one such

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