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Concluding René Descartes's Rules for Direction of the Mind (1628).
This text proved too much for us for one session, so we picked it up (without Seth, who was sick) a week later to finish rule 12 through the end. We talk about simples and complexes, the faculties of intuition and judgment, perception and imagination, necessary vs. contingent truths, and how to do Cartesian science, including what constitutes a "perfectly understood problem."
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End song: "Perfect Design" by Ian Moore, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #94.
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