Re: Being existent (HUMOR)

Subject: Re: Being existent (HUMOR)
From: "Pickett-Harner, Molly" <mop1 -at- NIORDS1 -dot- EM -dot- CDC -dot- GOV>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 09:50:00 EST

Well...there is this disgraceful description of the death of Rene Descartes:

Descartes is in a bar having a drink.
Bartender asks if he'd like another.
Descartes says, "I think not."

Molly Pickett-Harner
mop1 -at- niords1 -dot- em -dot- cdc -dot- gov
harner -at- access -dot- mountain -dot- net


From: Price, Becca

I think, therefore I'm not.

Subject: Re. Being existent
Date: Friday, September 08, 1995 1:04PM

Jim Garner asked for the difference between
"being" and "existence". Well, Jim, that's an easy
one: the former is the present participle of the
verb "to be", whereas the latter is a simple noun
(falling under the "state of _being_" category).
To paraphrase Jim, "You're not really being, you
just think you are." <grin>

Oh! You meant "philosophically"? That's a tougher
one. I vaguely recall something about the ability
to exist (as a stone exists) without being, but
the inability to be without existing. Does that
help a bit more?

--Geoff Hart @8^{)}
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

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