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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 21 2012: Good question, but pretty tough one to answer :)
    Well..
    Provided that feelings are not yet thoughts, I would say….
    From our memories and the way we perceive our past experiences.
    The way we perceive something is strongly affected by home discipline, education, culture, religion and politics, etc. And hopefully, a great deal of reading also affects it. Every day, we find something new and realize something new or already known, and our memories combine our feelings and knowledge into a thought.
    For instance, when I was young, I was told by my parents that talking back to adults is quite rude. In the elementary, middle, and high school, I learned the same lesson. So, whenever I felt like talking back to grown-ups, I thought I was being rude, which made me feel a bit ashamed. But at the same time, I’ve observed many teenagers who literally talk back to their parents or teachers. Some seemed rude, but others even seemed quite brave and smart. Through lots of TV shows and internet, I learned children can speak up in front of adult—hopefully in a polite way, and adults should be ready to accept it at times. So, I realized there are different opinions on whether it’s rude for teenagers to speak up(it could be talking back) to adults. And I tried to find a way to adjust those two opinions because I also learned through reading books that being flexible and not prejudiced are pretty important. So, I’ve learned how to communicate with adults by speaking up to them in a polite way(as long as I can).

    You see some pattern there? Most of my thoughts come from the mixture of what I ‘learned—embedded knowledge’, ‘was told—about what I ought to do or behave’, ‘read—literally food for thoughts’ and ‘saw—related to my feelings, not yet a formed thought’.
    And I express my thought into words. In the process of doing that I realize that I try to organize my thoughts , which means I also learn how to sort out my thoughts.
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      Nov 22 2012: It may be a tough question Elizabeth, and you have done an excellent job in offering a simple, clear, accurate answer. My perception is that sometimes people make this question/answer WAY too complicated!

      I believe our feelings are generated, supported and actualized with our thoughts. So, change our thoughts, we can change our feelings, and this sometimes changes our life experience. It has been proven that we can control, direct, or guide our thoughts...as you say so insightfully.

      Our thoughts, as you say, are made up of memories, the way we choose to perceive past and present experiences, affected by education, culture, and various other experiences in our life adventure. I agree that every day we have the opportunity to discover something new, and our thoughts may change, depending on how open we are to new and/or different information and our thoughts CAN stay the same (which means our feelings may stay the same) when/if we are NOT open to new information.

      You offer some GREAT "food for thought" Elizabeth, and I love to observe how you move through the thought and learning process. In my humble perception, life is an exploration, and I love taking in information from as many sources as possible to explore all there is to experience...our thoughts can influence our feelings, and mindful awareness can change each and every life experience. I do indeed decide in each and every moment what I want to spend my energy thinking about:>)
      • Nov 23 2012: Thank you Colleen. That's sweet of you. I'm flattered.
        But honestly, I'm not sure whether I made a really good point there because my comment may not contain more psychological, such as our subconscious area, and creative ideas. I just realized I should have done more research on this matter.
        Anyway, there are quite many profound thoughts about this kind of issues. And I admire some TEDsters who are not only resourceful or clever, but also thoughtful.
        One of the things I love about TED is I get to have many opportunities to learn from various wise TEDsters like you.
        As always, I hope, in the end, we all end up improving, developing and expanding our thinking abilities in any conversations on TED.
        "I agree that every day we have the opportunity to discover something new, and our thoughts may change, depending on how open we are to new and/or different information and our thoughts CAN stay the same (which means our feelings may stay the same) when/if we are NOT open to new information."
        As for that part, I couldn't agree with you more.
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          Nov 25 2012: Thanks Elizabeth, for your kind words. I share your hope, that we will all improve, develope and expand our thinking/feeling abilities because of TED conversations and being mindfully aware in each and every moment:>)

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