14 - However, Meditation 1 had raised doubts about his...

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However, Meditation 1 had raised doubts about his former beliefs. In particular, there is the problem of the unreliability of sensory information in general, the possibility that he is always dreaming and the possibility of systematic deception. This also seems to cast doubt on his being able to tell that he did not produce these ideas on his own, by some "secret faculty." Descartes then discounted the possibility that he produces them on his own. One reason is that since he is a thinking thing, he would not have a passive power of sense perception unless there were an active being capable of impressing ideas on it. But he observed that these ideas come against his will, or at least without his co-operation, so he concluded that they come from another being. [In class, the question was asked how he could tell that they come without his co-operation. When in a dream, he receives ideas that also seem to come to him without his co-operation. One response would be that later he will show how to tell the difference between dreaming
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