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Nurturing the thinking child A series of short article for parents on:
 

How to develop a child thinking mind?


 



René Descartes

Latin; "Cogito, ergo sum"
"I think, therefore I am" is a philosophical statement by René Descartes (1596 -1650) meditations on first philosophy.

Descartes felt that the phrase "Cogito, ergo sum" is misleading in its implication and he changed it to;
"I am, I exist".

After having reached what he considers to be the ultimate level of doubt and his argument about the existence of a deceiving god;

Descartes examines his beliefs to see if any has survived the doubt--in his belief of his own existence he found; it is impossible to doubt that he exists.

  Kid working on hand building clay pottery
“You see things and say, ‘Why?’

I dream things that never were
and say;
Why not?”
George Bernard Shaw

Even if there is a deceiving god (or an evil demon, the mechanism Descartes uses to prevent himself from sliding back into ungrounded disbeliefs), his belief in his own existence would be secure, for how could he be deceived unless he existed in order to be deceived?

Descartes said;
"I have convinced myself that there is absolutely nothing in the world, no sky, no earth, no minds, no bodies.

Does it now follow that I too do not exist? No; if I convinced myself of something then I certainly existed.

But if there is a deceiver of supreme power and cunning who is deliberately and constantly deceiving me.

In that case I too undoubtedly exist; if he is deceiving me; let him deceive me as much as he can, he will never bring it about that I am nothing so long as I think that I am something.

So, after considering everything very thoroughly, I must finally conclude that the proposition; I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind."
(AT VII 25; CSM II 16–17)

Descartes only claims the certainty of his own existence from his point of view; he has not proved the existence of others

 
Your Kids can, if you let them think they can! - When our kids begin a new goal with doubts, thinking: "I knew I couldn't do it" and their doubts become a self fulfilling prophecy.
The road to change - A mother's job is to protect her child from injury and danger. Her rule was; when Carol sees the Stop sign, she must Stop and go home--limiting her imaginations by staying safely within their boundaries with fear of the unknown. 
Echo of Life - Your Childs' Life is not a coincidence. It's a reflection of you! Like an echo; it will give you back everything you have given to it.
Touched by an Angel - Children's are like; Angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
Dad, I'm thinking of something - This announcement usually meant she had been pondering some fact for a while, and was now ready to expound all that her six-year-old mind had discovered.
The touch of the master's hands - The difference between a dusty old Piano and a child that plays such magnificent serenading music?
Give your child the reason to say; Why not “You see things and say, ‘Why?
I dream things that never were and say; Why not?George Bernard Shaw

-- something that has to be thought through by each of us for ourselves.

Descartes did not say that his existence is necessary; he is saying that if he's thinking, then he necessarily exists.

Non-philosophers attempt to refute Descartes
"I think, therefore I exist," can be reversed; "I do not think, therefore I do not exist."

Because a stone does not think, but still exist -- which is a logical misleading denial of Descartes' philosophy when the reversal should be;
I do not exist, therefore I do not think.
 

 
Peer Pressure - Not many children know what a real friend is. They think that friends are there for them to play with and be their companions. Thus they think that they are indebted to their friends.
Memory, the cement of learning - You may have noticed that sometimes your child is able to recall information accurately and easily but at other times with great difficulty. What determines how well your child stores and retrieves information? How can you help improve memory power?
A guide to brain-based learning - Is the informed process of using a group of practical strategies based on sound principles derived from brain research. It aims to help children learn according to how the brain learns best – naturally.
Exercise, movement and learning - A child should be nourished and nurtured from young both mentally and physically to help her develop optimally.
The Defiant child by Dr Teoh Hsien-jin - Children learn quickly when their parents are not likely to keep their promises. For positive behaviour to be repeated, it must be rewarded.
Stress and Motivation in Learning - It is best to ensure that your child experience low stress when he is learning new information and not to be worried
Making dreams comes true - When Monica was asking for a $1,000.00 party just like her friends had but isn't in the budget to make her dreams come true.
 

 

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