Today in History: February 11

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In 1650

Descartes expired as everyone does.

And so he thought

And so he was.*

*"Descartes was buried in Stockholm but is body was later transferred to Paris. The skull which lies with his remains in the church of St. Germain-des-Pres in Paris is almost certainly not that of Descartes. It appears that a captain in the Swedish guards who was present at the original exhumation removed the skull and replaced it with another. The skull was resold several times before eventually finding a home in the Musee de l'Homme in the Palais de Chaillot."   from Bryan Magee's "The Story of Thought" p. 88.

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  • Beautiful. Great post, AW!

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