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at1with0
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August 30, 2012 - 6:30 pm
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What is thinking? What is the difference between thinking and thought? Thinking implies a progression of time. So perhaps it is equally important to define time. The word thinking is a verb, meaning something (the thinker) is doing something (thinking).

There is a dictionary-type correspondence between processes and formally-defined algorithms. The first is in the realm of the physical universe and the second is in the Platonic realm. This correspondence is like a bridge between the two. (Although Max Tegmark might say there is no essential difference between the two realms.)

Thinking is a process and thoughts are the outputs of algorithms (algorithms exist in the Platonic realm and may or may not be expressible in a natural language). PERHAPS we can identify (concrete) thinking with specific (abstract) algorithms or at least encode one by the other. With that identification made I can see how thinking can be viewed as something abstract.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

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For me it's according to what frame of mind I'm
in when I'm thinking. Usually I keep my thoughts
to myself when I'm in certain 'moods'.

For instance, when I saw the word algorihms I saw
a picture of Al Gore dancing. :dance:

I laughed, thinking I was alone and it was okay.

At1, we're friends, say the word and I'll delete
this and not be offended in the least. ūüôā

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In my threads, freedom of thought and expression are paramount. I appreciate your posts.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

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"at1with0" wrote: In my threads, freedom of thought and expression are paramount. I appreciate your posts.

ūüôā

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Another thing my brother told me last week.

"I may start painting abstract again. This maintains my stream
of consciousness toward poetry. I don't know, things comes to me from
both sides. I work hard but I give out fast. I'm amazed at how far I've gotten
in the last ten years."

I'm not sure what he means he gives out fast. Does he mean he gets tired
or produces thoughts or pictures...I don't ask.

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Is your mind constantly thinking every second of your life, even when you are asleep? Thinking is continual process that starts with birth and ends with death, unvolentarily, and we don't know if it ends at death for sure.

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Is thinking originated within the brain or is the brain perceiving something originating elsewhere?

"it is easy to grow crazy"

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either is within the brain.

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September 10, 2012 - 6:41 pm
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It was a loaded question.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

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Thinking is breathing for the brain. You breath constantly. It's a continual process. Thinking is the same. You are always doing it. Nothing in life doesn't require thought. Even if it's something you've done a hundred times, you still have to think to make your hands work, or remember the process to get the task done.

I don't understand the algorithims, part at1 ... but I take it as choices. You are always thinking, thought, the choice you make, is the physical or verbal product of thinking. Should I drive or not? I drank too much. Getting in the car, or handing your keys to someone else is the product, thought, of thinking.

If I put it into a physical thing, it's easier for me to understand.

"That's the problem with drinking ... If something bad happens you drink in attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen." -- Charles Bukowski

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