If I don’t tweet, does it mean that I do not exist? I am stepping into the 21st Century and learning to communicate in a new way, by using the application Twitter. This amazing form of communication lets me know about weekly specials at the local supermarket and keeps me informed of the minute by minute updates of this century’s first peaceful revolution occurring on the other side of the planet (Egypt). Our written form of communication has gone from handwritten letters describing events which occurred over months or years to a single 140 character entry jettisoned out into cyberspace and connected to thousands in nanoseconds. We are compelled to communicate with others to validate our existence in whatever form is available to us. I guess this is why I feel the urge to “tweet”?
“I think, therefore I am.” Rene Descartes, 17th Century philosopher
I have just read Descartes’ Bones A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto (Doubleday, 2008). Silly me, I thought it was a book about the physical provenance of the great philosopher’s bones. This book is great for non-scientific types who wish to get a crash course on the origin of modern (western) philosophy and the science which we see as true today. Mr. Shorto reveals that M. Descartes’ ideas surrounding religion and the natural sciences are still relevant today.
I wonder what M. Descartes would think of Twitter?