The Modern Descartes

A few months ago, as I was flipping channels, I came across a very interesting TV program called “Genius by Stephen Hawking.”

The TV show promised that it would teach you how to think like a genius. (Obviously, I am already pretty much there… A near-genius, if you will… If you won’t, I don’t care.)

The first episode discussed cartesian coordinates, a coordinate system that, “specifies each point uniquely in a plane by a pair of numerical coordinates, which are the signed distances to the point from two fixed perpendicular directed lines, measured in the same unit of length.”

So, yeah… that.

The cartesian coordinate system was invented by René Descartes (pronounced day-KART), a 17th century Philosopher, Mathematician, Scientist, dubbed the father of modern western philosophy (and not to mention a major hunk).


Am I right or am I right?

The documentary discussed Descartes numerous contributions to philosophy, religion, mathematics, and science… It also talked about how he slept for 8-10 hours each night, and then spent the first few hours of his day lying in bed, thinking.

It was at that moment that I turned to my husband and said, “I should do that.”

“That” being… spending a lot more time in bed sleeping, and thinking.

Descartes had it pretty easy… It’s not like I’m hanging out in the Netherlands in the 17th century, with loads of time on my hands, being a merchant’s wife, working on a needlepoint… I have got a job, and responsibilities, and bills to pay, and plants to keep alive, and a husband to satisfy.

If I had more time, more quality sleep, and some time to ponder, analyze, and reflect… I could do all kinds of thinking and dreaming and writing and philosophizing … And most likely come up with a new idea that would change the world, or a new mathematical coordinate system that would really shake up the world of nerds.

I have a lot of ideas (tons).

I am a modern day Descartes… If you will excuse the pun (and the burp I let slip earlier).

Just like my main man René, I am a Thinker, Dreamer, Writer…

So I started this Twitter account, where I can tweet all of my fantastic #ideas to a captive audience (28 followers and counting).

And maybe, just maybe… Something will go #boom.


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