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Encyclopedia Britannica refers to Rene Descartes being considered to be the father of modern philosophy and his theories being held to continue influencing medical science (Watson. R. October 2, 2018). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy portrays Descartes as “a creative mathematician

of the first order, an important scientist and an original metaphysician” (Hatfield, G., 2018). But recently, Descartes has been criticized by neurological scientists as exhibiting a psychopathic worldview for influencing medical science to interact with a lifeless, mechanistic, tribal science.

Antonio Damasio is a Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Southern California. His book ‘Descartes'-Error’ argues that prevailing medical science is being influenced by the sociopathic doctrine of Descartes for “having persuaded biologists to adopt, to this day, clockwork mechanics as a model for life processes” (Damasio. A. R. 1994). Damasio associates Descartes’ mental disposition to one willing to inflict pain and suffering upon others (Damasio. A. R. 1994). David Hubel the 1981 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, acclaimed Damasio’s criticism of Descartes’ influence over modern living medical science, as warranting the highest international recognition. The January 2018 issue of National Geographic, within the section entitled ‘The Science of Good and Evil’, compares Descartes’ first-cause principle ‘I think therefore I am “to the way a psychopath must think about right or wrong while the rest of us feel it” (Bhattacharjee, Y., 2018).