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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 23 2012: There is a saying that I have come to admire;
    "What you pay attention to, you become conscious of"
    I don't where it came from, but I see it happening all around me. We choose to some degree in what we pay attention to.

    Our minds are reactive. We respond to stimulus. At the same time, we seem to have a predisposition to what we are looking for. Two people can look at the same thing and be affected completely different because of their psychological makeup. Our desires, skills, intent, motivation are all different. There are some that will see this conversation and be completely disinterested. I believe that those who respond are deeply interested in thought to begin with. They are searching for answers about why we or others think the way we do. They don't just go with the flow, they are trying to steer their own course.

    That being said, some thoughts are purely reactive. That is what the advertising agencies are banking on. Others are very analytical, they want to think about things to make better decisions. Some are problem solvers, but their brains seem to be hardwired for what kinds of problems they are good at solving. So we all have our own thought processor and they are all different, either by genetics or environment. There is no one answer to these questions.

    As far as brain connections, a baby is born with far greater connections than an adult. As the baby grows, those connections that get responses become stronger, whereas those connections that don't get responses become reconfigured. In the end, the final neural map is a function of environmental conditioning during early years of life. That is why a good loving and nurturing environment is so important. Abuse has a powerful and often negative effect on how we think.

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