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Sep 11, 2009

Evil Genius

The evil daemon, sometimes referred to as the evil genius, is a concept in Cartesian philosophy. In his Meditations on First Philosophy, René Descartes hypothesises the existence of an evil daemon, a personification who is "as clever and deceitful as he is powerful, who has directed his entire effort to misleading me." The evil daemon presents a complete illusion of an external world, including other people, to Descartes' senses, where in fact there is no such external world in existence. The evil genius also presents to Descartes' senses a complete illusion of his own body, including all bodily sensations, where in fact Descartes has no body. Most Cartesian scholars opine that the evil daemon is also omnipotent, and thus capable of altering mathematics and the fundamentals of logic.

-blame mikey


At 12:08 PM , Blogger Zoro said...

I like a lot the panache, word play, strokes, of cartesian reasoning. Haven't seen a prettier, more succinct argument for a long time, than the 'brain in a vat' controversy.

I am therefore I think.


At 6:35 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Yeah, that's rich.

There are a number of exceptions.


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