Cogito, ergo sum

My curiosity in existence and reality has made me explore a variety of ideas, from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to The Matrix trilogy. Through this exploration I came across Descarte’s work in a more concrete way. Most know of Descartes for his famous “Cogito, ergo sum” – I think therefore I am, but to really understand this potent line one must understand what led him there.

What struck me the most was the idea to disregard anything ‘obvious’, anything with the smallest of doubts and to start from a clean slate in how we understand reality. This process is something I seem to have adopted in a very diluted dose.

Day 05’s exercise was to take an image of a historic public figure and a quote of theirs and create a ‘fake’ video of them. I chose Descarte’s following quote:

I think I have no senses.
I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions.
What is there then that can be taken as true?
Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain

Rene Descartes

To go about doing this, we used an online tool which allowed to upload an image and then record a video. By recording myself reciting his lines, the tool was able to create an approximate video of Descartes reciting the same.

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