The Robot Spy: Dr Zinn And Dr. Spy

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In the Johnny Quest episode, The Robot Spy, there are elements that can relate back to Descartes. Distinguishing between a “res cogitan” and a “res extensa” Descartes creates the idea of a thinking thing while the second refers to a thing extended. In the episode, the robot spy appears to be a technological version of a thinking thing. Thus, it has few attachments to its body. The eye provides a main focus point, from which the body is an extension of. One of Descartes’ main principles is his “inspection on the part of the mind alone” (68). Leading to Descartes’ belief “Knowing the contents of consciousness as opposed to knowing” a single thing outside the mind, and an emphasis that one must think from the inside out by understanding quantitative…show more content…
Zinn and Dr. Quest show the different ways to possess nature. Just recognizing the differences in their names: “Dr. Zinn” sounds remarkably similar to sin, and “Dr. Quest” could elude to the idea of a vision quest. Building the robot spy, Dr. Zinn intended to collect information from the Para Power Ray Gun, for nefarious deeds. But Dr. Quest, originally, created the gun with the power to “disable but will not kill” to preserve life. Regardless of this respite of a bit of nature, Dr. Quest buys in completely to science, even willing to pick up a rifle for science. Also, he has little compunction about shooting down the robot spy’s vessel and having it crash, probably hurting the area where it crashes. Displaying a level of scientific optimism, Dr. Quest yells “it’s got to work ... More power!” he believes that science will work as he believes that it has to work. The characters are unconcerned on the damage to the area after the vessel crash-lands, only concerned with their next face-off with Dr. Zinn stating “and we’ll be ready” to handle Dr. Zinn next time. In addition to Dr. Quest’s disregard for nature, Descartes encourages his readers to work to become masters and possessors of nature. Descartes could not care less about nature and wanted people to control and use nature to their advantage discounting any care of nature…show more content…
The tangible characteristics are no longer present, and the wax melts. The melting, replaces the honey flavor with nothing, the flower scent with no scent, the cold and hard become the hot and liquid, the wax becomes too hot to touch let alone make a noise when rapped upon, the color changes, the shape shifts, and the size increases. Thus, everything Descartes thought to note about the wax had changed or disappeared. In his original description, he relied only upon his sense to explain the wax. But after that has failed him, Descartes calls into doubt his senses and decides to define the wax without the use of his senses. The problem Descartes runs into with this line of thinking is he now is trusting his senses to discount what his sense told him a first time. Therefore, Descartes must neglect to use his senses for the new description of the wax. Leaving his only knowledge of the wax to be its condition to change, Descartes’ new description of the wax states “only that it is something extended, flexible, and mutable … rather, I perceive it through the mind alone” (67-68). Descartes limits his knowledge from qualitative descriptions and only uses quantitative measures from his

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