descartes descartes  /deɪ ˈkɑrt/

Definition(s):

  • (n) French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)

News

  • People attribute minds to robots, corpses that are targets of harm

    As Descartes famously noted, there's no way to really know that another person has a mind -- every mind we observe is, in a sense, a mind we create. Now, new research suggests that victimization may be one condition that leads us to perceive minds in others, even in entities we don't normally think of as having minds, such as a corpse or a robot.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Science Daily

Quotes

  1. "Extending our services with Descartes to add AVL capability is a natural progression for Wolseley and a commitment of our brand and service to our customers," said Brad Marsh, Director of Transportation of Wolseley's North America Division....
    on Mar 27, 2009 By: Brad Marsh Source: FOXBusiness

  2. Commissioner Potocnik said "The Descartes Prize recognises the best in European collaborative research. It shows just how much we can achieve when we work together at European level. I am also honoured to be presenting the first Descartes Prize for...
    on Dec 5, 2004 By: Janez Potočnik Source: PublicTechnology.net

Word of the Day
ennui ennui
/ɛ ˈnu i /