April 20, 2011

“I think, therefore I am.”


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 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.”


“We eat, therefore we hunt.”
       Sarah Palin
       Conservative American politician, celebrity and avid hunter
       Part of 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” 
       Agus Suwage  
       Indonesian artist
       This is the title of the 2004 painting by Suwage shown at left. It’s
estimated to be worth up to 207,000 Malaysian Ringgits (over $61,975 in U.S. currency).


“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” 
       Slogan on a t-shirt sold by

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