# cognito ergo sum

## English translation: I think, therefore I am

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 Latin term or phrase: cogito ergo sum English translation: I think, therefore I am Entered by:

 00:46 Jan 27, 2003
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 Latin term or phrase: cognito ergo sum cognito ergo sum
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 I think, therefore I am Explanation:The phrase is in Latin. Good luck from Oso ¶:^)--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-01-27 00:53:09 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------\"...Descartes was a student of mathematic reasoning, he believed that it was the path to a secure theory of knowledge. Descartes coined the phrase \"Cognito, ergo sum.\" (\"I think, therefore I am\") which was a conclusion that there was only one thing of which he could be certain; that he existed!...\" http://www.swil.ocdsb.edu.on.ca/ModWest/HUMANISM/philosophy/... --------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-01-27 01:03:57 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------As P. Forgas noted below, the correct spelling in Latin is: \"Cogito ergo sum\" \"Cogito, ergo sum. Descartes’ axiom. This is a petitio principii. “I think” can only prove this: that “I think.” And he might just as well infer from it the existence of thought as the existence of I. He is asked to prove the latter, and immediately assumes that it exists and does something, and then infers that it exists because it does something. Suppose I were asked to prove the existence of ice, and were to say, ice is cold, therefore there is such a thing as ice. Manifestly I first assume there is such a thing as ice, then ascribe to it an attribute, and then argue back that this attribute is the outcome of ice. This is not proof, but simply arguing in a circle...\" http://www.bartleby.com/81/3821.html
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Oso (X)
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5 +18I think, therefore I am
 Oso (X)
5 +1I think, therefore I am
 William Clough
5I learn, therefore I am

2 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +18
I think, therefore I am

Explanation:
The phrase is in Latin.
Good luck from Oso ¶:^)

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\"...Descartes was a student of mathematic reasoning, he believed that it was the path to a secure theory of knowledge. Descartes coined the phrase \"Cognito, ergo sum.\" (\"I think, therefore I am\") which was a conclusion that there was only one thing of which he could be certain; that he existed!...\"

http://www.swil.ocdsb.edu.on.ca/ModWest/HUMANISM/philosophy/...

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As P. Forgas noted below, the correct spelling in Latin is: \"Cogito ergo sum\"

\"Cogito, ergo sum.
Descartes’ axiom. This is a petitio principii. “I think” can only prove this: that “I think.” And he might just as well infer from it the existence of thought as the existence of I. He is asked to prove the latter, and immediately assumes that it exists and does something, and then infers that it exists because it does something. Suppose I were asked to prove the existence of ice, and were to say, ice is cold, therefore there is such a thing as ice. Manifestly I first assume there is such a thing as ice, then ascribe to it an attribute, and then argue back that this attribute is the outcome of ice. This is not proof, but simply arguing in a circle...\"

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 Oso (X)Native speaker of: SpanishPRO pts in pair: 19

agree  P Forgas: Cogito, ergo sum, not cognito
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agree
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agree
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agree  Susana Galilea: me parece que el colega Forgas tiene razón
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-> Yo también, Susana. Gracias ¶:^)

agree  Martin Perazzo: Yup, y es "cogito" no "cognito"
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-> Así es, Martin. Gracias ¶:^)

agree
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agree  zebung: no doubt
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agree
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agree
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agree
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agree  LQA Russian: cogito ergo sum
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agree
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agree
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agree
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agree
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agree
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agree
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agree  cmk (X)
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21 mins   confidence:
I learn, therefore I am

Explanation:
If it is not a misspelled Descartes' "COGITO ergo sum" it may be a play of words meaning rather: I learn, or I study, therefore I am.

(Lating) cognosco - to learn, to recognise,to study, to read.

Magda

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PS cognito is not correct Latin, either.

 Magda DziadoszPolandLocal time: 09:05Native speaker of: Polish

47 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
I think, therefore I am

Explanation:
"COGITO ergo sum" is the famous conclusion drawn by Descartes after a long and arduous attempt to prove his own existence. Troubled by the fact that he could only prove his experience of life through his own perceptions, he began to examine and systematically remove everything that depended on his perceptions. In the end, the only thing left that was irrefutable was the fact that he could think. Using that, he verified his existence and went on to base a whole lot of other truths on that fact. Since then, this phrase has been used throughout literature of all kinds, usually when the writer wishes to emphasize the importance of our ability to think.

(I heard that the later conclusions Descartes made weren't as sound or easy to understand as his first, though. I also heard that he went up into the mountains and locked himself in a cabin until he could prove that he existed. He apparently was a little unstable from thinking too much.)

 William CloughUnited StatesLocal time: 03:05Native speaker of: English

agree
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-> Thanks, Mura!

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