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  1. #1 What is thought, Is it a science lab? 
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    If I am thinking on any subject I can easily focus on thinking, however when I try to think about thinking it gets a bit difficult to do that. On the other hand when I think about something I am always solving a problem or analysing in a scientific way. There is so much one can say about thought, one question comes to mind is, where did all these ideas come from, are the calculations I deducted from my thoughts correct?, can I rely on the confirmation my brain has calculated?. What is there to know about the speed of thought in relationship to movements and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mother/father View Post
    are the calculations I deducted from my thoughts correct?, can I rely on the confirmation my brain has calculated?
    The way that science checks that thoughts and conclusions are correct is to check them against objective measurements and data from the real world (you know, the one that exists outside your head).

    What is there to know about the speed of thought in relationship to movements and so on.
    Nerve impulses to and from our limbs take a significant fraction of a second. Oddly we are are not aware of this delay.
    Experiments have also shown that we make decisions at least half a second before we are consciously aware of them.

    All of which suggests that "thinking about thinking" can be particularly misleading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mother/father View Post
    are the calculations I deducted from my thoughts correct?, can I rely on the confirmation my brain has calculated?
    The way that science checks that thoughts and conclusions are correct is to check them against objective measurements and data from the real world (you know, the one that exists outside your head).

    What is there to know about the speed of thought in relationship to movements and so on.


    Nerve impulses to and from our limbs take a significant fraction of a second. Oddly we are are not aware of this delay.
    Experiments have also shown that we make decisions at least half a second before we are consciously aware of them.

    All of which suggests that "thinking about thinking" can be particularly misleading.

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    Science may have away to check certain aspect of thought but it cannot calculate what you are experiencing and the thoughts related to that experience.

    I am not sure I understand what you mean by thinking about thinking can be misleading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mother/father View Post
    Science may have away to check certain aspect of thought but it cannot calculate what you are experiencing and the thoughts related to that experience.
    Well, we can do quite a lot by using things like functional MRI (fMRI) or positron emission tomography). Different areas of the brain are active when we perform different tasks. One of the interesting things is that thinking about doing something activates many of the same areas of the brain as actually doing it. For example, remembering someone's face uses the many of the same parts of the visual system as actually looking at the face.

    I am not sure I understand what you mean by thinking about thinking can be misleading.
    Using the examples I mentioned, if you think about your decision to move your hand and pick up your coffee cup you will imagine that you moved your hand as soon as you decided to have some coffee. Brain measurements show that the decision was made up to a second before you were aware of it and that it took about a third of a second for your hand to move.

    So what you think happens when you think about this is not what actually happens.
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