Phil 101 – Essay 2
January 31, 2013
Pascal was a child prodigy that became a mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He developed the first calculator at a very young age. He was known as the founder of modern probability theory, which is the branch of mathematics that studies the likelihood of occurrence of random events in order to predict the behavior of defined systems. For example, rolling a dice or flipping a coin. Is a random event, if you continually roll or flip the object you will get a random pattern of results. One of legendarily known statements was, “The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know.” ( pg 60) In this essay my goal is to explain what I believe the meaning is behind it. The first part of the sentence, "reason" means a cause or intention where in the second part "reason" means rationality, common sense or logical thinking. For example, say you see the most beautiful girl/boy and you don`t know this person but you fall in love with them at first sight. Your heart tells you that you love her/him even though you have no knowledge of them or about them. Your heart has its own reasons to make you fall in love, it doesn`t even care whether this person would be good to/for you, you`re in love and there is no way out. After your heart does this flutter – flutter from seeing this love of your life you may look and think realistically at the moment. You may think... THINK (you use your brain, mind, reasoning), hey, it`s stupid, I don`t know this person and I`ve fallen in love with her/him - it`s stupid-you mind tells you so. So here is the point: your heart has its own reasons-intentions (to fall in love for example) but your mind/logical thinking = reason doesn`t understand them. It doesn`t know anything about the reasons of your heart, your reason doesn`t know why you`ve fallen in love. Since your hearts feelings and brain don't speak the same language, your feelings take...
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