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What Is Thinking?

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"Thought" covers a wide range of mental processes—e.g. Memory, Imagination, and Reasoning. Etymologically, “Think” (“it seems”; “it appears”) means “causing images or reflections to appear to oneself in ones brain.” Mental imagery production, a first and natural display of the human mind, derives from Sensations presenting in the mind possessing three forms--Haptics (things related to touching and grasping); Optics (seeing objects at a distance, which favors linear-perspective); and Somatics (seeing color, texture, and shape as purely visual qualities rather than actual representations of Reality). Upon entering the mind as frozen energy patterns, they form a Sensation--an embryonic mental image called a Percept (whatever makes one aware of something, whether good or bad). The resultant Perception is translated into a Notion (i.e. a half formed idea). Further mental activity develops mental pictures around the imageless notion (a quality) and the completed result is an Idea. Still, those perceptions may be near Reality, distortions of Reality, or fantasies outside Reality. Despite the best of thinking, however, it does not deal with Reality because the direct perception of Reality is an understanding without the use of thought--and that is called Knowledge (Amen, Meter Neter I:113). Instead, Thinking is a process giving verbal or symbolic form to Reality, Distortion, or Fantasy of which one is aware but lacking in verbal or symbolic form. A Word or Symbol is the "skeleton" (in the sense of an "uninflated body") of the larger whole--whether inside it or positioned beside it. Symbols represent an alternate way of expressing something already publicly recognized or serve to give the unexpressible a convenient way to be recognized, convey an idea of what it is about, and its "ballpark" meaning. In short, putting something real "in-form" is the essence of "Information". Reality is behind what Thoughts/Words/Symbols represent. Reality is "Instinct Felt and Recognized."

Albert Einstein elaborated on Thinking by saying: "When one receives sense-impressions and memory-pictures emerge, this is not "Thinking"; and when such pictures form a series, each member of which call forth another, this too is not yet 'Thinking.' When, however, a certain picture turns up in many series, then--precisely through such return--it becomes an ordering element for such series, in that it connects series which in themselves are unconnected. Such an element becomes an instrument, a Concept. Put another way, a Concept is an act of the mind which bundles sense-impressions and memory-pictures which are naturally associated and/or which resemble each other to form a Class of things. An example, is the general idea conveyed by the word "Dog." Thinking takes sense-impressions, memory-pictures, and Concepts, again which are naturally associated and/or which resemble each other, and organizes them into a meaningful thought. That Thought can be manipulated and maneuvered into arrangements, combinations, and forms useful for decision making, Creativity, and problem solving. In short, Thinking concerns making sense by giving order to mental images/symbols and/or Metaphysical notions/symbols.

In assessing Nature (seeing it for what it really is), one realizes it consists of forces (e.g. vibration, energy), objects, and Events (changing realities). Yet, information about Nature is no more than word labels, definitions, and descriptions--i.e. Symbols of what can be seen to be stable and obvious to others. And this information is constantly changing because material things (not the Spiritual) are in a constant state of change. Note: any thoughts about the values of the components which have a changing relationship with each other (e.g. forces) cannot be covered by words and any attempt to do so is an illusion. Nevertheless, what good Thinking does is illustrated by Mathematics (quantitative reasoning) being possible as a result of looking behind the obvious to see the consistent patterns/elements underlying natural events.