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Posted by Paul R. Martin on July 13, 2003 19:49:04 UTC

Hi Mike,

"I am stuck on "I think, therefore I am." "

To get unstuck, you need to comb through all those personal pronouns. Here's the way to sort them out. If, by any of them, (sigh) you mean merely bodies, brains, stars, galaxies, or marbles, then the antecedent of the pronoun is one of many entities that exist in time. If, on the other hand, you mean the thing that thinks, knows, experiences, and wills things, then there is only one of those and it doesn't exist in our time ("our time" is what humans measure with clocks and calendars).

So, if you make a choice between these two alternatives for each and every use of a personal pronoun in your post, I think all your questions will admit obvious answers. Let me know if that doesn't work.

You also have to pay attention to any temporal reference, such as "first", "sequence", etc. Picking one or the other of the two alternatives also tells you what time zone you are in.

Warm regards,

Paul

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