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Where do our thoughts come from?

Have you ever wondered where your thoughts come from? Is it simply a matter of the hard wiring of the brain? For example, when an idea comes to you suddenly, where did it come from? Is there more to this than we currently understand?

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    Mar 4 2011: From TED conversations of course.
    More seriously, from conversations in the wider sense, including those long-distance conversations we call books, art, movies, songs. Yes, perhaps from our subconscious, but our subconscious is working with what came in through our senses.

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