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    Descartes’ 2nd Meditation: “The nature of the human mind, and how it is better known than the body”

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    “…it is now manifest to me that bodies themselves are not properly perceived by the senses nor by the faculty of imagination, but by the intellect alone; and since they are not perceived because they are seen and touched, but only because they are understood [or rightly comprehended by thought], I readily discover that there is nothing more easily or clearly apprehended than my own mind. But because it is diffcult to rid one’s self so promptly of an opinion to which one has been long accustomed, it will be desirable to tarry for some time at this stage that, by long continued meditation, I may more deeply impress upon my memory this new knowledge.” – Descartes, 2nd Meditation

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