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Descartes, Rene - Time, energy and function execution

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Rene Descartes – Key Philosophical Writings

 But though I assume that perhaps I have always existed just as I am at present, neither can I escape the force of this reasoning and imagine that the conclusion to be drawn from this is, that I need not seek for any author of my existence.  For all the course of my life may be divided into an infinite number of parts, none of which is in any way dependent on the other; and thus from the fact that I was in existence a short time ago, it does not follow that I must be in existence now, unless some cause at this instant, so to speak, produces me anew.. conserves me.  It is as a matter of fact perfectly clear and evident to all those who consider with attention the nature of time, that in order to be conserved in each moment in which it endures, a substance has need of the same power and action as would be necessary to produce and create it anew, supposing it did not exist, so that the light of nature shows us clearly that the distinction between creation and conservation is solely a distinction of reason.

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Descartes, Rene

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