Thought

Thought generally refers to any mental or intellectual activity involving an individual's subjective consciousness. It can refer either to the act of thinking or the resulting ideas or arrangements of ideas. Similar concepts include cognition, sentience, consciousness, and imagination. Because thought underlies almost all human actions and interactions, understanding its physical and metaphysical origins, processes, and effects has been a longstanding goal of many academic disciplines including, among others, biology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

Thinking allows beings to make sense of or model the world in different ways, and to represent or interpret it in ways that are significant to them, or which accord with their needs, attachments, objectives, plans, commitments, ends and desires.

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Edward Irving - London
... He had specially prepared himself, as he thought, for teaching imaginative men, and political men, and legal men, and scientific men who bear the world ... formulas, Irving's great aim was to revive the antique style of thought and sentiment which had hardened into these formulas, and by this means to supplant the new influences, the accidental and ... Being thus radically at variance with the main current of the thought of his time, the failure of the commission he had undertaken was sooner or ...
Thought - Sociology
... Despite their similarity, psychological and sociological researchers tend to differ in their goals, approaches, methods, and terminology ... They also favor separate academic journals and professional societies ...
Melanie Klein - Thought
... After exploring ultra-aggressive fantasies of hate, envy, and greed in very young, very ill children, Melanie Klein proposed a model of the human psyche that linked significant oscillations of state, with whether the postulated Eros or Thanatos instincts were in the fore ... She named the state of the psyche, when the sustaining principle of life is in domination, the depressive position ...
Doctrine Of Signatures - In Herbalism - Some -wort Plants and Their Signatures
... Lousewort, Pedicularis - thought to be useful in repelling lice Spleenwort, Asplenium - thought to be useful in treating the spleen Liverwort, Marchantiophyta ...
Freedom Of Thought
... Freedom of thought (also called the freedom of conscience or ideas) is the freedom of an individual to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, independent of others' viewpoints ...

Famous quotes containing the word thought:

    I’ve thought about how, were we to suddenly receive the freedom about which we talk so much when we spar with one another, we would not know what to do with it at first. We would expend it on denouncing one another in the newspapers for spying, for love of the ruble, we would frighten society with protestations that we have no people, no science, no literature, nothing at all!
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)

    Most men are like me. They cannot live in a universe where the most bizarre thought can in one second enter into the realm of reality—where, most often, it does enter, like a knife in a heart.
    Albert Camus (1913–1960)

    As nature requires whirlwinds and cyclones to release its excessive force in a violent revolt against its own existence, so the spirit requires a demonic human being from time to time whose excessive strength rebels against the community of thought and the monotony of morality ... only by looking at those beyond its limits does humanity come to know its own utmost limits.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942)