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Descartes' Wax Example (P 223b)

The wax as initially perceived:
The wax as later perceived:
Sense:
sweetness of honeytastelesstaste
odor of flowersodorlesssmell
coloredaltered colorsight
has definite figurenot same figuresight/touch
has definite sizebiggersight/touch
hardliquidtouch
coldwarmtouch
easily handlednot easily handledtouch
emits a sound when hitno sound when hithearing


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