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Descartes Bones by Russell Shorto

Descartes Bones by Russell Shorto

Who would find it appealing? Those who like reading historical non fiction, politics, philosophy, religion, social issues, science, and those who enjoy reading a damn good story.

Why is it better to read this book than sleeping, watching televison, or talking to other humans? The author writes really well and the story engages the active mind. Also, sleep is overrated, television is boring, and other humans aren’t as interesting.

What’s it about? Sixteen years after the French philosopher Rene Descartes had died in 1650 and buried was laid to rest in Stockholm, Sweden, the French ambassador took it upon himself to have the body dug up and shipped back to Paris for reburial marking the beginning of a 350 year journey. The bones would be passed through the centuries amongst kings, philosophers, poets, and painters while Decartes philosophy would provide inspiration for the rise of democracy, the birth of science, and the beginning of the debate between faith and reason that continues to this day.

Possible Future Jeopardy Question? French philosopher who said “cognito ergo sum.”

Anything else? You will be surprised when you learn much more about the present world than the past after reading this story.

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August 2, 2013 · 6:07 pm