Thinking about Thoughts

How do you define thoughts? I have been wondering about this question for some time.

I decided to do a quick search on the net. The dictionary defines ‘thinking’ as:

The process of considering or reasoning about something

So I did what was obvious. I asked it what reasoning was. The answer:

“The action of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way.

Turns out it is a closed loop. Here’s what I realised: Some things can’t be defined. They are a primordial concept, which are understood without the need of explanation.

But how well do we understand thoughts? Some call them a mental process. Yet some say thoughts are like solid bricks. They just exist. It’s only when you arrange them in a sequential order, that they start flowing and form a process. Like arranging images in a row and playing them to create a video.

It’s like objects continuously being thrown on a sheet and leaving behind imprints. Those imprints are what we call memories. They get deeper every time we observe them, as if the object had been thrown on it again. If you were to discard them, they would eventually fade away.

I ultimately came to the conclusion that with our current understanding it is a far-fetched notion to define something so complex.

So while ‘thinking about thoughts‘, It became clear enough that every idea and notion, has an origin. That origin in most cases, is a thought in itself. If it is so, before we think of anything, we must have had a parent-thought which makes us capable of processing the new one. Or alternatively, we can pick up a thought from a book, movie, or a conversation. In this situation, the parent-thought might originally be possessed by another human.

If we keep on going in this chain, the question arises: “What was the first thought?”

What was the primeval idea which has today made us arrive at a point where we are able to reason with complex possibilities? The notion which was born from nothing. There must indeed be a thought some ancient being had at some point, which was the greatest milestone in the evolution of the mind.

The answer to this question has the potential to change our understanding of ourselves.



What do you ‘think’? Let me know in the comments and do share this article with your friends.

Published by Ishaan Sharma

Hello There! My name is Ishaan, and I am a poet with a wandering imagination. I travel my wide thoughts and pen them down. I look forward to hearing from you!

42 thoughts on “Thinking about Thoughts

  1. “In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:1 The Greek word translated here as Word is logos which means not only a thought but a plan of action. This was the first thought just before the action of speaking Creation into existence.

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      1. Humans were created on the sixth day of creation. They were created as full-grown adults. The earth was created fully formed as well and didn’t require billions of years to become what it is so I’m not sure exactly.

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        1. Yes sir. It was created in 6 days by the Word of God. Everything was created by His spoken word except for man, which he formed out of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. It confounds the so-called wise of this world because it was created fully formed.

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        2. The first chapter of Genesis tells it in order. The creation of the angels is not mentioned and there are a lot of theories out there but the Bible doesn’t talk much about them at all, except as they affect humanity. The Bible is the story of man and the salvation of man from his sin.

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        3. Thank you for the info sir. What then is the ultimate aim for man in the bible? Heaven? And if someone gets to heaven and sins over there, will he be thrown back to Earth?
          Thank you for sharing your profound knowledge.

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        4. Did you read Genesis 1? Now read chapters 2 and 3. Chapter 1 gives a general overview of Creation, 2 tells more details about the creation of man specifically and 3 details the “Original Sin.”

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        5. I think I read it long back when I was interested in learning a bit about christianity. Something about a serpent and an apple from a tree. Then Adam was ashamed and hid from God.
          Is that correct?

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  2. Felt like a professor was lecturing me.
    This was insightful.
    “If it is so, before we think of anything, we must have had a parent-thought which makes us capable of processing the new one.”
    Very true, Ishaan.
    I am definitely saving this post.Β 

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  3. Perhaps it’s like a puzzleβ€”with nobody knows how many pieces there actually are (or what the picture really is all about, for that matter).

    Day by day, over generations, we’re collecting pieces of the Puzzleβ€”one piece at a time, by thinking. (But that’s just what I imagine) πŸ™‚

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      1. Every new discovery/invention (or way/revision of thought etc) is dealing with those little pieces of the puzzle. To have a better guess at the Big Picture. Expanding the, our, horizon. We search because we don’t know or quite understand yet (else nobody is searching for anything anymore). This is the very thing that make us ‘tick’.

        “Searching for The Unknown”. I guess that’s the moral of the story.

        Then again, this is just me and my imagination. (About right or wrong, I definitely have no idea). πŸ™‚ Cheers!

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