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Sunday, March 23, 2008

CARTESIAN: "of or relating to Descartes"

From Wordsmith.org:

Cartesian (kar-TEE-zhuhn) adjective



Of or relating to Descartes, his theories, methods, or philosophy,

especially its emphasis on mechanistic interpretation.



[From Cartesius, Latin form of Descartes, after philosopher René Descartes

(1596-1650).]




"To visit a modern CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) is to enter a

world that, for all its technological sophistication, is still designed

according to Cartesian principles: animals are machines incapable of

feeling pain. Since no thinking person can possibly believe this any more,

industrial animal agriculture depends on a suspension of disbelief on the

part of the people who operate it and a willingness to avert your eyes on

the part of everyone else."

Michael Pollan; An Animal's Place; The New York Times; Nov 10, 2002.

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