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I really like that notion of "Awareness" as the foundation for our concept of god. I personally think it makes a lot of sense in regards to our concept of the self and divine and where meditation typically takes people.
Historical note: Descartes began with this presupposition, "I think, therefore I exist," and, based on that alone, proved the existence of God. So Descartes would disagree with you.
Cojito Ergo Sum is what Descartes, the the great logical mathematical wrote. As he was cockled by some royalty lady or another the "exists" translation is post Descartes. The proper translation is "am". The words have a mathematical linguistic logic.
I am not disagreeing or agreeing that God exists. I am simply being clear that: Once you create/generate your first thought, you acknowledge that you exist, that’s why I mention René Descartes phrase. Don Quixote also assumed many things. Don't assum
Just because someone fancy and dead implied you acknowledge your existence with your first thought doesn't mean you do. There are a lot of different levels and types of thought depending on the owner of the brain.
Cogito Ergo Sum is - not properly translated as "I exist". It is "I am". Exist is more corporal where as am is more metaphysical.
Descartes is important through this question because of the concept of "to know" which is different than know.
he knows it anyway.
I thought the question was bizarre, but there are some people who question their own existence. THere are other people who think that they are the only person who really exist. :)
I think we can all safely assume we exist by merit of existing.
If only thinking denotes presense, then the comatose, very drunk, or those "Zoning Out" cease to exist for some time. And passing out drunk gets you scribbled on. With real scribbles!
Actually, traditional Buddhist philosophy says that the notion of existence and the idea "I exist" are errors at the root of suffering. We know that we experience. Creating the notion of existence is an extension that might well be an error.
My thoughts are I exist right here right now that is a undisputable fact. I know I am, I do not think about being, I am now. There should be no dobt in your own existence.
Physical properties in dreams seem real too, but it did not exist only an illusion of realism as far as I know.
Darrel: The Buddhist perspective has now doubt about ourselves. But it does question: What do we mean when we say "be" or "exist"? We all hold the idea, but is it true or healthy to do so? Darrell: some Hindu & Buddhist systems see life as a drea