January 25, 2017

“I think, therefore I am” — and some variations I think are funny (therefore they are)…

Rene Descartes cogito ergo sum quote 3a

Cogito ergo sum.” (“I think, therefore I am.”)
       René Descartes (1596-1650)
       French mathematician and philosopher  
       Famous axiom in his book
Principia Philosophiae (Principles of Philosophy, 1644)
       Descartes first recorded the axiom in French, as “Je pense, donc je suis,” in his philosophical and mathematical treatise, Le Discours de la Méthode (A Discourse on Method, 1637). However, the Latin version from Principia Philosophiae —
“Cogito ergo sum”is better known.
       The French and Latin versions of the quote have traditionally been translated in English as “I think, therefore I am.”
       Alternate translations include “I am thinking, therefore I am” and “I am thinking, therefore I exist.”


“He tweets, therefore he is. Twitter gives him a platform to say whatever he wants completely unfiltered. The media can’t and won’t do that for him.”
John Feehery
       Republican political consultant
in an article media writer James Warren posted on the Vanity Fair website on December 6, 2016
       (Cartoon by
Kim Warp.)

We Eat Therefore We Hunt poster-8x6

“We eat, therefore we hunt.”
       Sarah Palin
       Conservative American politician, celebrity and avid hunter 
       This comes from the
rambling speech Palin gave on July 26, 2009, announcing her resignation as Governor of Alaska. The full quote is: “Stand strong, and remind them patriots will protect our guaranteed, individual right to bear arms, and by the way, Hollywood needs to know, we eat, therefore we hunt.”

I Suck Therefore I am-8x6

“I Suck Therefore I Am” 
       Agus Suwage  
       Indonesian artist
       This is the title of the 2004 painting by Suwage shown at left. At the time, it was estimated to be worth up to 207,000 Malaysian Ringgits (over $61,975 in U.S. currency). Other works by Suwage have
sold for even more, so I guess some people don’t think he sucks.

I Shop Therefore I am-8x6

“I Shop Therefore I Am”
Barbara Kruger
       American multimedia artist  
       These words on the artwork by Kruger shown at left are seemingly a send-up of consumerism. But ironically, the image was
later used on tote bags and t-shirts sold by Bloomingdale’s. 


I Teach Therefore I Drink-8x6

“I Teach Therefore I Drink”  
       A slogan on t-shirts
sold on Amazon and other sites. They seem to be quite popular. I’m not sure what that says about the teaching profession. 

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Some books with a title or subtitle based on Descartes’ quote (there are even more)…

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