The thesis of the Epilogue comes from an unorthodox definition of faith and belief. Belief in the Cartesian World refers to something that has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The key term in this definition is doubt, because in the world of Descartes doubt is how we prove our existence. For example, the scientific method is how we base most of our common knowledge off of, and the way you prove if something is right or wrong is by doubting its validity to test it. Also faith in the Cartesian World is the complete trust or confidence in someone (like a politician) or something (religion). Once again, faith is built upon doubting something to prove it is true. For example, when the majority of the population gains “faith” in a politician, it is usually based upon how well that politician proves himself/herself over the doubts of the population is concerned with at that particular time.
However, Everdeen puts a new spin on the definition on these two terms. The next couple of statements will come from the text, to have something to break down. Everdeen states that doubt is a phenomenon rarely faced by a placeful being; so to belief. Perhaps instinct (a term which signifies nothing but permits ...
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...ating that we are a type of an exotic animal that encounters an empty niche, a means of living which is not being used by anything else (Everdeen 109). In our case, we look for external mode of control, which is not used by any other creature. This has caused us to remain youthful, and being able to be obsessed with the “how” of the world, an uncommitted to an environmental context (Everdeen 117). Therefore, this explains why we have come to develop the Cartesian way of looking at things. In reference to the wood-duck, it has the same impact on its surroundings. In contrast to humans to which we are uncommitted to an environmental context, and have the ability to have an array of impacts on the environment because we do not have a niche. In a way the wood-duck has more faith than a human because it has this commitment of this is what it means to be a wood-duck.
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