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Re: Latin Phrases on exit

From: Arthur A. Gleckler
Subject: Re: Latin Phrases on exit
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2023 11:58:40 -0800

On Thu, Feb 16, 2023 at 11:51 AM Clive Tovero <> wrote:
"Cogito, ergo sum, cogito."  (For fun, someone with access to ChatGPT
might ask it to translate this.)

Here is ChatGPT's reply:

The phrase "Cogito, ergo sum, cogito" is originally in Latin and is famously attributed to the French philosopher René Descartes. It can be translated to English as "I think, therefore I am, I think." The phrase is often used to illustrate Descartes' idea of radical skepticism and his argument for the existence of the self or the "I" as a necessary condition for thinking.

But, despite the confidence of ChatGPT's answer, it isn't right.  Descartes didn't include the second "cogito."  As someone quipped, this is "mansplaining as a service."

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