What is thought?

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.

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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 - thought to be useful in treating the liver ...
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 in hand and he ... 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 ... 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 later ...
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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "thought":

  • (noun): The content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about.
    Example: "The thought never entered my mind"
    Synonyms: idea
  • (noun): The organized beliefs of a period or group or individual.
    Example: "19th century thought"; "Darwinian thought"

Famous quotes containing the word thought:

    But every insight from this realm of thought is felt as initial, and promises a sequel. I do not make it; I arrive there, and behold what was there already. I make! O no! I clap my hands in infantine joy and amazement, before the first opening to me of this august magnificence, old with the love and homage of innumerable ages, young with the life of life, the sunbright Mecca of the desert.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Conrade. Here, man, I am at thy elbow.
    Borachio. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought there would a scab follow.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    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)