René Descartes (1596-1650)
Portrait by Frans Hals
There was a young student called Fred,
Who was questioned on Descartes and said:
"It's perfectly clear
That I'm not really here,
For I haven't a thought in my head."
—V. R. Ormerod
Dr Johnson, when sober or pissed,
Could be frequently heard to insist,
Letting out a great fart:
"Yes, I follow Descartes—
I stink, and I therefore exist."
See also: DUALISM
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