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Luis Javier López Arredondo

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Where do thoughts come from?

Where do thoughts come from?
A thought active connections in the brain or vice versa?
If I control my thoughts, do I control my brain connections?
Consciously I do not control my brain... Are my thoughts random emanating of pure subconscious?
Do I really control my thoughts?

Topics: mind philosophy
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    Nov 19 2012: Why do we think we control anything in this world?
    Why do we think we can control anything in this world?
    Why do we think we need to control anything in this world?
    Who are "we"?
    Why do we "think"?
    And what is it we want to control?
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        Nov 19 2012: Re: "What would we be if we didn't think?"

        We wouldn't know. We wouldn't be aware of our own existence.

        It seems to me that this question "what would be if..." is what gets us in trouble. It gives rise to expectations and doubts and gets in the way of experiencing and enjoying "what is", the present, "now" and "here". That's the question that Eve asked herself contemplating eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge.

        ...And that's the question that leads to curiosity, taking risks, gives us the knowledge, and changes our lives, for better or for worse (hopefully, for better).
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          Nov 20 2012: Hi Arkady, it so very much depends on our view of what the serpent embodies, to come up with the reason for Eve to eat from the wrong tree..

          It was the exact point at which humanity stepped on the slippery slope. The good news is that at some point that slope is going up again, I hope.
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        Nov 20 2012: @Adriaan. I agree. The motive always matters.

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