Are thoughts just simple observations?

Hi I’m Ben (@cantbe123) 9 years, 6 months ago

So this may sound dumb but me and some friends were bored and started pointing out very obvious things. Things like that trash can is rusty or that car is red. We kind of made a game out of it and started saying “+1” to observations that others pointed out. It wasn’t a competitive game and we weren’t keeping a score or anything, but it was kind of fun. So after a while I noticed we were saying “+1” to stuff that I wouldn’t normally think of as an observation but they really were. I came up with a crazy idea and then I said “everything we think is an observation” everyone just stared and me for a bit and then one of them said “+10 you beat the game”.

But was I right? Are all our thoughts just observations?

July 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Basically, we are constantly taking in information and can then translate that into a language and regurgitate that in our minds. Although, I would say the imagination is not. The imagination and ideas seem to not stem from the internal self but from an external consciousness (at least in my opinion and experience).

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@blankey, I agree with basically all of this, but I am try to play more toward the center of the imagination part. I mean, I know that I am built to NOT think in terms of exteriors, but on certain nights or in certain times…I cannot shake this feeling you have described of an inner exterior influence that is not part of our senses…

…and oh, what a magnificent thing it would be to be right.

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Hi I’m Ben (12) (@cantbe123) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@blankey, @lytning91, Thanks for answering guys. I felt like a complete idiot asking this question and I’m amazed I got a legit response. I honestly think my brain is not built to comprehend this kind of thing. Like you guys put it into words but I just don’t understand it.

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Ben (148) (@cognizantelephant) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Every thought is an entity. Believing in your thoughts or ‘identifying’ with them is what develops an ego, or persona.

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Ben (148) (@cognizantelephant) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@mercurial, That’s a highly interesting way of thinking, why do you consider it a paradox to give your insight to another person?

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@cantbe123, You just haven’t wrapped your brain/experience around that area yet. Very normal.

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