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Cogito

Nick Jouen
Class of 2014
Music Education (Instrumental)

"Cogito, ergo sum" I think, therefore I am. For Descartes, the phrase pondered the essential question--How does one prove one exists? For me, the phrase coincides with another: "The mind of man is capable of anything" (Conrad, 'Heart of Darkness') and from this I derive my beliefs on everything. I think, therefore I am capable of anything; therefore I precede essence; I am pondering, therefore I am ponderous. A statement, a word, and existence - Cogito. I think.

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