Descartes Meditation 1 Analysis

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Section 1: Introduction
Is life as we know it real, or say a figment of our imagination, or can the possibility of some outside being controlling our every move be what is our true reality? In Descartes’s Meditation 1 it brings into question if we can truly know anything and if we should doubt our daily existence. I, for one, do think we know of our own reality or at least know for a fact that we are not controlled by some unknown being and can logically conclude that my existence and my perception of reality is true. Yeah, Descartes’s argument does bring us somewhat reasonable examples to question or doubt everything in the pursuit of knowledge, but if we did so on everything then will we truly know what is real or not. And to doubt our very own existence daily would be tiring to do, but Descartes’s breaks down his argument into three levels to avoid us from completely doubting everything and finding the truth of our existence.
Section 2: Analysis
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He first goes on to note that the senses can deceive us, and that things are not always just as they seem at first glance to be. He claims our senses can deceive us and our very own perception of reality or what events are happening around us can be false. We may believe that what we are experiencing is true, but who’s to say that we are not actually living some other existence but our sense of reality is deceiving us. Descartes then goes on to mention the dream problem, where he goes on to say that we may dream of the physical world but who’s to say that we are not imagining our very existence. Can we truly distinguish everything we know or perceive to be true from our dreams and imagination, and possibly doubt that anything physical truly exists, that there is an external world at
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