23 May 2013

I am. Ummmm….. I think :-)

Learnt something knew while reading “Descartes Error” at the bar in the hotel (the guy at the bar showed no interest in making friends with me ๐Ÿ™‚ – so I was reduced to reading a book from my book list ๐Ÿ™‚ )
I always thought that the origin of “I think, therefore I am” was the Latin phrase “Cogito ergo sum”. Evidently, that is the popular version for English speaking people. The original words he wrote were “Ego cogito, ergo sum” [“Principles of Philosophy” (1644)]. And that is not even the original original!!! And that is what surprised me.
Did you know he actually came up with it seven years before this in a treatise written in French [“Discourse on the Method” (1637)]. Evidently, he first penned it as “je pense, donc je suis”.

BTW, if any one of know my parents or have a parent in India, you will probably relate to my sentiment that given their constant propensity to worry about silly things and think of problems and challenges that they can do nothing about, (“sobsomoy chinta hoy”) that this whole “I think, therefore I am” thing was something Descartes conjured up specifically for them.

Or so I think ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted May 23, 2013 by Rajib Roy in category "Travelogs


  1. By Rashmi Roy Mathur on

    Started by TI India MD in 2001. They provide DSP systems solutions. The Co. Acronym stands for I Think Therefore I AM! Google ITTIAM systems and I am sure there will be some info – niche high tech Co.

  2. By Jay Banerjee on

    Non sum ego non puto – would be the alternative “state” behind many I come across. This is the best Google translate can give me!


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