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What is a miracle?

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May 20, 2012 By François Gautier Have you ever heard about Descartes? René Descar-tes was born on March 31, 1596 in France. After studying the classics, logic and traditional Aristotelian philosophy, he came to the conclusion that the only subject which was satisfactory in his eyes was mathematics. In 1637 he wrote a treatise on science called Discours de la Methode (Discourse of the Method), where he came up with the famous precept: Cogito Ergo Sum, ‘I think, therefore I am’. This statement became the foundation stone for later philosophical movements such as Rationalism. Descartes, although many of his mathematical theories have been proved wrong today, has had a profound influence on European thinking, particularly in France. Yet, there cannot be more of an untruth than in the precept, ‘I think, therefore I am’. Indian philosophy has known all along that man is not the thinking man, he is the consciousness, satchitananda. Sadly, today Descartes still partially rules the Western thi…