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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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 ...
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 did not attempt to ... 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 ... variance with the main current of the thought of his time, the failure of the commission he had undertaken was sooner or later inevitable and shortly after the opening of his new church in Regent Square in 1827, he ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "thought":

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

Famous quotes containing the word thought:

    There are ... intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972)

    Yet some say Love by being thrall
    And simply staying possesses all
    In several beauty that Thought fares far
    To find fused in another star.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    If anybody could overthrow the spoils doctrine and practice, Grant is the man. It has been thought impossible hitherto, but I hope with some confidence that he will win.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)