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Quoting John Cowan <[log in to unmask]>:

> Ray Brown scripsit:
>
> > >"Cogito [ergo] sum" is simply a statement
> > >that it is safe to assume that you exist; otherwise, who would be doing
> > >the observing?
> >
> > Yes, seems fair enough to me.
>
> It's really a Whorfian mind-lock based on subject-object metaphysics,
> though (and small blame to Descartes for that); Buddhist metaphysics
> has no problem with thinking-without-a-thinker, any more than
> observing-without-an-observer.  From the Buddhist viewpoint, Descartes's
> illegitimate move is when he extends a bare process-of-thinking into
> something with a personal ego.

I'm sure it's just another Whorfian lock, but I am no more able to imagine
thinking without something which thinks than existence without something which
exists, or blue without something which is blue.

                                                Andreas