Thursday, September 21, 2006

I think therefore I am…… I think – Detritus the Troll- Terry Pratchett (Discword)

Before taking off on a philosophical tangent I must say that the feline is out of the sack, in addition the cat is out of the bag. For those of you yet to catch on Stace is in fact my beautiful wife to be. We are to be married on the 25th of November this year. We have been engaged for a little over 18 months. Thank you for all the good wishes and congratulations.



This is a photo of the two of us taken in Edinburgh (Scotland) at Christmas last year; we may be slightly inebriated I'm not sure if we were I have no clear memory of that night.

Rene Descartes, some would deem the founder of modern philosophy, came up with a simple but brilliant idea. Doubt everything. Take it back to first principles deny every thought and theory and start from scratch.

I exist, thought Descartes. Or do I, he came to the conclusion that he could not doubt that he was doubting for therefore must exist. This f course led to the most famous philosophical axiom….

Cogito Ergo Sum
I think therefore I am


Often confused with the Monty Python axiom taken from the drunken philosophers song I drink therefore I am.

Do I exist?, I think, I doubt, so therefore I am. Yet what if I only think that I am thinking?

"I think that I am thinking there for am I actually being?" –Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
Descartes although a legend in his time makes no claim to the nature of existence, perhaps I am merely a character in a novel, perhaps, Aidan does not exist it is merely a pseudonym of a reclusive author.

Conceptually millions of possible Aidans exist as alluded to on H E's blog earlier. In the mind of everyone who has ever met me, or read my blog, or has had any contact, has an Aidan stored in their head. For some it may be merely physical messy dyed blue-black hair, blundstone boots, 182 centre metres, fine build. Some may have met me on a big night, and remember how painful karaoke can be. Some may have had a religious debate with me and found me an interesting yet unusual man. All descriptions of me are true all these versions of me are true, yet contrasted none are true. Stace's or my own conceptual Aidan may have more details, intimate thoughts, strange habits, knowledge of my stationery fetish, it is impossible to define a true self.

AT the end of the day one must accept a level of existence, even be it only conceptual. If this is just a movie/story and we are merely characters it is an honour to perform along side you, I just hope it has a happy ending.

4 Comments:

Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Brilliant deductionisms!
As the Solipsist Soliloquist I endorse your questioning the validity of your existence 110%!

Before I start putting Descartes before 'des horse' I must remark on how impossibly adorable You and Stace are....sigh...the two of you look so happy (even if it is partially chemically induced).

Rest assured that there is only ONE Aidan and he is lucky to have such a talent for questioning everything...which you will have to abandon once you are married.

Yes my friend when your lovely wife 'suggests' something simply adhere to the great Nike slogan and JUST DO IT! It may seem ridiculously simple but it is the key to any successful marriage.

Love Descartian discourses keep 'em comin'..


btw I have no idea how tall 182 'centre metres' is because I still think in inches? I should work on my 'strine'....

10:11 AM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Ethanol at its finest.

Thanks for the suggestion but i think we have it sorted, Our big thing is celebrating little things, getting a job interview, buying a new fish, paying off a credit card.

ThingS i loved about descartes is that he lost his nose in a sword fight, and never got up before 11am.

182 cms is approximately 6 ft, just under.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

Fascinating, Aidan (I'm still giggling at HE's all to predictable "putting Descartes before des horse," sorry).

Aside from that goofy santa hat, but then you were imbibing we can assume, that's a gorgeous pic of you and Stace.

And I believe I can safely lay claim to having discovered that you and she are being wed.

Even if I didn't discover that first in the Blogosphere, let me think I did.

You are truly wise beyond your years, and I mean that.

It's almost like you're looking forward at something most people only look back at, only discover after many more years.

And yet you have the clarity to understand that it's the little things that make love work and keep the world spinning round.

Cool.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

I have had a lot of life experience, unfortunately more than my years.

QUick bio, i have been working full time or partime sice i was thirteen, i have worked as a concreter, a kitchen hand, worked in a deli, i have been a soldier,i ahve been a care taker on a special ed bus, i have been a uni student, i have worked in a call centre and am currently working in finance.

I have met people from all over the world, i have traveled fairly extensively, New caledonia, fiji, vanuatu, indonesia, china, uk and ireland, germany, france, spain, netherlands, belgium, hungray italy, austria and of course the grand duchee of luxembourg. Next on the list is South Africa.

The people in the photo are definately stace and i, i forgot which one i am.

I love being alive, the world doesnt always make sense, but it can be a lot of fun. Thanks for the pep talk guys:)

4:16 PM  

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