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1Descartes and Climate ChangePart 1: Themes to Descartes and the WaxPassage: “I now know that even bodies are perceived not by the senses or by imagination but by the intellect alone, not through their being touched or seen but through their being understood; and this helps me to know plainly that I can perceive my own mind more easily and clearly than I can anything else. Since the grip of old opinions is hard to shake off, however, I want to pause and meditate for a while on this new knowledge of mine, fixing it more deeply in my memory (Descartes 8).”Theme 1: Dramatic changes occur in the shape, smell, and texture of the wax when it gets close to fire. It can boil, increase in size, change colors, etc. It is not just a mere simple object. This scenario caused Descartes to question piece of the wax in infinite ways. It is much more comprehensive than initially imagined. We must further examine objects as they may not appear as simple as they look.Theme 2: Descartes stated that it is hard to shake off old opinions. He had to get out of his comfort zone and be open to new ideas. He accepted that his initial conclusions of the wax were inaccurate and had forced himself to believe that there are other truths about the object. Theme 3: As he touched, smelled, and examined the wax, Descartes was forced to conclude that the piece of wax was changeable. He learned that the initial ideas we form through our senses can be proven to be false. Descartes formed a hypothesis that the human

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