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thinking means to think about a thought that you would or would not think about.


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Thought or thinking is a mental process that allows beings to model the world and to deal with it effectively according to their objectives, plans, ends and desires. Words referring to similar concepts and processes include cognition, sentience, consciousness, idea, and imagination.

Aids to thinking

  1. Use of models, symbols, diagrams and pictures.
  2. Use of abstraction to simplify the effort of thinking.
  3. Use of metasyntactic variables to simplify the effort of naming.
  4. Use of iteration and recursion to converge on a concept.
  5. Limitation of attention to aid concentration and focus on a concept. Use of peace and quiet to aid concentration.
  6. Goal setting and goal revision. Simply letting the concept percolate in the subconscious, and waiting for the concept to re-surface.
  7. Talking with like-minded people. Resorting to communication with others, if this is allowed.
  8. Working backward from the goal.
  9. Desire for learning.
  10. Always be objective.


  1. Self-delusions: inability to confront relevant issues (roadblocks).

See also

Look up Thought, Think in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.


  • Eric Baum (2004). What is Thought, Chapter Two: The Mind is a Computer Program. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-02548-5

External links

  • Corballis, Michael C. "The Uniqueness of Human Recursive Thinking" (PDF). American Scientist (May-June 2007). Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  • The Psychology of Emotions, Feelings and Thoughts, Free Online Book
  • Nature of Human Thought
  • Thoughts about Search Revolution

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