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June 5, 2013
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Once I have shown reason to doubt Descartes' dreaming idea, I will show that I can know that I have hands.
Descartes says that on many occasions he has been deceived by illusions in his sleep; he believed himself to be awake and found that he was merely in a dream state. Because of this, he claims, there are no distinguishing marks for when we are asleep and when we are awake; that we cannot know at any moment if we are truly awake or not...
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Because of this, he claims, there are no distinguishing marks for when we are asleep and when we are awake; that we cannot know at any moment if we are truly awake or not. Images and actions within our dreams are identical to those in the waking world, as if painted in our minds. As a result we may see our hands and our bodies in front of us, but we cannot know if they are there, or exist at all, if we do not know that we're awake...
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