What is Cogito Information?

What is Cogito Information?

June 27, 2021 Off By Felso

Descartes realizes that while he is doubting all the fields of knowledge he has, he is faced with a reality that he can no longer doubt.

This reality is the act of which he suspects. In this case, he asserts the judgment “I can suspect everything, but I cannot doubt that I am suspecting”.

The intuitive result that emerges directly from this is; It is the conclusion that it must exist in order to be suspicious. On top of that, he says, “Doubting is a type of thinking, it is necessary to exist in order to think” and expresses his famous proposition; “I think, therefore I am (cogito, ergo sum).”

For Descartes, this knowledge of his own existence, of his existence, is a clear and distinct knowledge, because it is given directly to his mind, and also its limit is clear; this existence is the existence of his thinking being, his thinking self; It has nothing to do with his physicality or anything else. Thus, for Descartes, the knowledge that there is a thinking being, an ego, is a clear knowledge, an intuitive-intuitive knowledge. Therefore, it is an absolute fact. Thus, Descartes reaches an axiomatic knowledge, of which there can be no doubt whatsoever.

It will now form an entire universe system based on this. He describes “an Archimedean point” for the knowledge of this cogito – its thinking being, its spiritual substance. For this clear and distinct knowledge will serve as a lever for all other truths or truths. This thinking self, the spiritual substance, is a constantly thinking substance, a substance that creates itself by doubting, perceiving, imagining, reasoning, and some other acts of thinking. These are acts of awareness, that is, acts of consciousness. So thinking substance is a kind of stream of consciousness. Descartes calls this spiritual substance “res cogitans”. This spiritual substance is a substance that does not take up space but only thinks and produces acts of consciousness.

Descartes doubted everything, but finally came to the conclusion that he could not doubt that he doubted. Since doubting is an act of thinking, and in order to think, one must exist, he finally expressed his famous proposition; “I think, therefore I am”

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook