Thought and Thinking — BADN — 2 of 7

AdenBADN
6 min readMay 11, 2023

This is part 2 of a 7-part series.
Click here for part 1.

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Ever since learning some things about the relationship between language and thinking, and how they seem to have developed alongside one another and in relation, I’ve been wondering about what human beings were like before that — before we were able to actively think, to make connections, to form complex abstractions. Our savage mind.

We would have been more like animals than we imagine, able to passively have thoughts, but not quite able to deliberately think. Having passive thought responses, but generating no abstract thinking of our own volition. Able to dream but not being able to become lucid enough to make a calculated decision.

With the philosophical discipline being presented here, seeing the action of thinking and the neurological function of Thought itself as separate yet related processes, with distinctively different characteristics, is a practical and necessary observation to make. Thoughts being something you have, thinking being something you do. The action of thinking might be dependent on our ability to have thoughts, but the function of us having thoughts doesn’t depend on our ability to actively think. Passive thought came first, and set the foundation.

Seeing that, it sheds some light on the fact that the action of thinking presents an entirely different set of problems and challenges to humanity. For example, because of the fact that we can think voluntarily but also incorrectly about the world, we are challenged not to think our way into trouble or delusion. This is an issue intrinsic to our ability to actively think — not to the neurological process of passively having thoughts in response to whatever stimuli.

One of the most extreme forms of the above example is treating everything and everyone according to what you think rather than observing how it actually is.* Everything in reality, from people to events, can present you with new or previously unknown factors, so projecting what you think onto reality despite that effectively shuts down personal opportunities to learn and to grow, and also leaves you less effective at relating to everything around you.

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AdenBADN

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