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"I Am" Is Ambiguous

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Posted by Paul R. Martin on April 13, 2001 00:03:21 UTC

I have no doubt that I am. But when you say you exist, that is a completely different claim. There is no way I can share with you the direct evidence that I exist, and I presume that it works the same way in reverse.

After thinking about it a lot, I have concluded that the only unambiguous truth that can be gleaned from Descartes cogito is "Thought happens".

I experience thought directly and undeniably, and I presume you do to. The ambiguity comes in when we try to identify the "I". You and I might seem to be a lot alike, being human and all, but there is a huge difference: I can see out of my eyeballs and you can't; you know what green looks like to you and I don't; etc.

So, I will grant that "Thought happens" is an absolute truth, but are there any others?

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