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Unformatted text preview: In Ren Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy , Descartes attempts to reevaluate his every belief and basis of understanding. Within these meditations, Descartes disregards any of his prior beliefs of which he is not absolutely certain. To be absolutely certain of a belief, he must hold no reasonable doubt in this belief or in the logical foundations upon which it rests. Along the course of these meditations, Descartes proposes the idea that he exists in a constant dream-like state. By proposing this idea, Descartes brings reasonable doubt to many of his past convictions. This idea of a dream reality is roughly conveyed in The Matrix , a modern science fiction movie. Descartes begins his argument for a dream reality by giving first hand examples of his dreams. How often does my evening slumber persuade me of such ordinary things as these: that I am here, clothed in my dressing gown, seated next to the fireplace Descartes explains when in fact I am...
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