Here is a revised version of Descartes’ cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am).

1. If x being is thinking, then x being exists

2. x being can include being a human being

3. x is thinking

4. Therefore, x exists

5. I am that x

6. Therefore, I am thinking (3,5)

7. Therefore I exist (4,6)

I haven’t checked whether the argument is valid. If it’s not please feel free to revise it.

Premise 1 is obvious if not self-evident

Premise 2 seems axiomatic

Premise 3 just takes some potential grasping of the concept but then will be accepted

Premise 5 might be where we run into trouble. Am I simply a bundle of an object? Is there no self or I? Am “I” just an external “me”? Well it seems perfectly reasonable to accept that premise 5 is more plausibly true then not. And if that’s the case then the conclusion is guaranteed: I exist.

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