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Is it possible to have an entirely original thought?

The other day I tested this by trying to think of a colour that didn't already exist, I came up with combinations of colours but I could not come up with an entirely original colour. This made me think that we are restricted to what we know to some degree, no matter how open minded we may think ourselves to be.

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    Feb 25 2013: @ Edward Long : Analogy is an attempt to draw parallels between two SEEMINGLY different things. The supplied link explains the concept of infinite regress as a valid logic with examples. It's our choice whether or not to accept it. I do. You don't.
    Why everything has to have an origin? Just because we see new things coming out? We have no proof in support of our claim that EVERYTHING has an origin. We simply presume it as a notion.
    We also have notions like : the same thing cannot occupy two different locations in space at same point in time or two different things cannot occupy same location in space in same point of time because we do not observe otherwise. Our observation capability is limited and incomplete and is no guarantee of being proving right.
    So as long as I am not convinced that everything HAS to have an origin, I prefer to remain skeptical. I know that many prefer to believe that the universe has it's origin in divine creation but that appears to me an utterly uninteresting opening of an otherwise interesting story.
    Cheers.
    • Feb 25 2013: Really nice point. There's a lot to be said for the infinite creativity of the universe, where it ends and begins seems impossible to find.

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