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The evolution, development, cultivation and instruction of the mind is the whole point of education, and yet it is still mysterious to us as to what the mind actually is. On the rare occasions when people reflect on the motions of the mind, the chances are they draw on the historically long-lived conclusions of René Descartes who, in the seventeenth century, dedicated himself to determining the knowledge of which he could be absolutely certain and, by steadily doubting everything which we take for granted in the world – experience, memory, history – what his senses told him (because they might be mistaken) came down to his famous and fundamental conclusion: ‘I think, therefore I am’. This conclusion cannot be doubted not because it is ...

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