When I am thinking, my heartbeat goes up. After few seconds my brain overheats and I develop a splitting headache. The world in front of me starts spinning. I have to blast my favorite music full volume to keep myself from going insane.
Just kidding! This only happens when I think about MATHEMATICS. If I think about other topics, I am mostly just fine. As Dr Vannevar Bush writes in his article, nothing is permanent in our memory. And he is certainly correct in my case. Somehow thinking again and again about certain situation can change the way I remember it. My thinking tends to be visual. I see images and change them into other images. But is this really thinking? Shouldn’t thinking be associated with a logical process? Is it true that by thinking, one should derive consequences from known facts using logical rules? A brief search on the internet produces:
“Thinking can refer to the act of producing thoughts or the process of producing thoughts. In spite of the fact that thought is a fundamental human activity familiar to everyone, there is no generally accepted agreement as to what thought is or how it is created.”(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Thinking)
Now I need to look-up what is a “thought” in order to understand what is “thinking.
“Thought can refer to the ideas or arrangements of ideas that result from thinking, the act of producing thoughts, or the process of producing thoughts. Despite the fact that thought is a fundamental human activity familiar to everyone, there is no generally accepted agreement as to what thought is or how it is created. Thoughts are the result or product of spontaneous acts of thinking.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought)
Thus, thinking is the act of producing thoughts and a thought is an idea that results from thinking. I hope you guys can make some sense of it but the only sense I make of it is a picture of a cat spinning faster and faster in a perfectly round circle hoping that when she reaches the ultimate speed she will be able to catch her tail. But alas. This is impossible. According to the theory of relativity, objects moving with a speed close to the speed of light will become shorter (not longer), and therefore, the cat will never be able to catch her tail.
When we say that a machine is thinking we expect a logical process. But it seems to me that we, humans, can be not logical and still call this mental process thinking. Is this a double standard? Maybe. Are we the only animals that think?
Are they thinking?
Our Chihuahua thinks how to get tasty food all the time.