How do you understand a “thought”, and the “process of thinking”?

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Harikrishnan NB: I feel a major part of thoughts is associated with memory. Most of the time we are not aware that we are consumed in these thoughts. The best way I think to separate ourselves from the thoughts is to be a witness or an observer to these thoughts. I personally feel being a witness or observer itself need a lot of practice. The process of thinking is highly influenced by language , our experience, the subjects that we learn, our fears. All of this is stored in the memory. So to understand, I think we need to be an observer. Most often we are carried away by these and limit ourselves. We often forget the fact that we are much more than the thoughts. In most cases, the process of thinking is associated with an object. If we go for a backpropagation, it will go from object to object and 􀂡nally reaches the subject who is experiencing the whole process.

Amrutha MK: Thought is a mental state formed out of various concepts in our brain. Thought is expressed externally as language. We are not conscious about all thoughts. Language of thought hypothesis suggests that thought and thinking takes place in a mental language (Mentalese). According to this, concepts are mental representations. Cognitive science assumes that concepts or mental representations are the basic building blocks of thoughts. Some prominent views suggests that human actions are caused by beliefs and desires. So the process of thinking is also linked with our beliefs and desires. Accoding to some standard accounts the process of thinking is a computation. If I can entertain one thought I can entertain similar kinds of thoughts.

Meera Kumar: Thoughts and thinking processes have always fascinated me. It occurs to me that thoughts are the driving force behind actions and what you think necessarily builds and thereby reflects your identity. While there are varied responses as to where the mind is situated, it seems to be commonly agreed that the mind monkey is after all the source of thoughts. The progress of thoughts, to the best of my imagination, has taken the shape of a gyre rather than that of a linear progression.

Niharika Sharma: In common words whatever thing that comes to the mind is thought. Like a cloud in the vast sky. A thought may be an idea, an image, a sound or even an emotional feeling that arises from the brain.Thought encompasses a goal oriented 􀂢ow of ideas and associations that leads to a reality-oriented conclusion. Process of thinking is an activity of an existential value for humans. Thinking allows humans to make sense of, interpret, represent or model the world they experience, and to make predictions about that world. It involve other concepts such as drawing analogies, interpreting, evaluating, imagining, planning, and remembering.Thought, the act of thinking, produces thoughts.

PD Sathish Chandra: Thought is an image painted in the head using the paints of words, images, videos, thoughts & with the brush of a thought process, painting a memory or an idea for the subject of choice.

Prashanth Noorjet: Thought is like a silent speech. It is like a voice in your head that gives meaning to your present experiences based on your past experiences. It takes in the element of your self to be the directing force behind it. The process of thought begins with external or internal triggers which leads to the voice, and that results in some action or decision.

Rakesh Kumar: Thought is a process of systemic mental processing in which ideas, images or imaginations are manipulated by reason, recollection and contemplation. whereas the process of thinking is mechanical as well as multidimensional dynamic phenomena which incorporates concepts/ideas (from various sources) and goes through process of reasoning before presenting a hypothesis or conclusion.

Vaishali Sharma: Thought is an ongoing statement of words in our mind. We are in continuous dialogue with ourselves ie. (brain or mind).