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Surely, however, that is Who the stupidest primary assumption in all philosophy! can establish the fact that he thinks, except in relation to thinking something? And what that something is, is the important matter. When I seek the first fact of consciousnot to know if I think, but to get hold of myself. ness, it is would have a man think once, just long enough to establish the certainty of being, and then give over any further need of meditation. Yet meditation is the very thing Descartes I must not are in cease.

Life, p. 261] Always Something New In the far interior, where the cult of Islam is widespread, young men were making merry over an old one who was "You will soon know your "Don't you get sick of always a zealous reader of the Koran. Koran by said. " "For me," he replied, "it is by no means the same Koran. When I was a boy, I understood it as a boy. When I was a man in my prime, I understood it as a man, and now I am old I understand it as an old man. " [Notebook, pp. ] Negro Reflective Powers am astonished at the reflective powers which I so frequently meet with in Negroes.

Where there is no longer a conviction that men can get to know the truth by their own thinking, skepticism begins. Those who work to make our age skeptical in way, do so in the expectation that, as a result of renouncing all hope of self-discovered truth, men will end by accepting as truth what is forced upon them with authority and by propaganda. [Life, p. 258] this Obstructive Erudition Obstructive erudition is the special prerogative of theology, in which, even at the present day, a truly marvelous scholarship often serves only to blind the eyes to elementary truths, to be preferred to the natural.

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