Thought refers to ideas or thinking characteristic of early childhood of ideas that are the result of the process of thinking. Though thinking is an activity considered essential to humanity, there is no consensus as to how it is defined or understood.
Thinking allows humans to make sense or, interpret, represent or model the world they experience, and to make predictions about that world. It is therefore helpful to an organism with needs, objectives, and desires as it makes plans or otherwise attempts to accomplish those goals. The word thought comes from Old English þoht, or geþoht, from stem of þencan “to conceive of in the mind, consider”. Mathematics is a large body of thought. I was frazzled from too much thought. All her thought was applied to her work.
The thought of death terrifies me. I had some thought of going. She had no thought of seeing him again. He took no thought of his appearance” and “I did it without thinking. According to his thought, honesty is the best policy. It made me think of my grandmother. I think that it will rain, but I am not sure.
Definitions of thought may also be derived directly or indirectly from theories of thought. A syntactic composition of representations of mental states – Literally, the ‘Language of Thought’. What is most thought-provoking in these thought-provoking times, is that we are still not thinking. The phenomenology movement in philosophy saw a radical change in the way in which we understand thought. Martin Heidegger’s phenomenological analyses of the existential structure of man in Being and Time cast new light on the issue of thinking, unsettling traditional cognitive or rational interpretations of man which affect the way we understand thought. Phenomenology, however, is not the only approach to thinking in modern Western philosophy. Human perceptual experiences depend on stimuli which arrive at one’s various sensory organs from the external world and these stimuli cause changes in one’s mental state, ultimately causing one to feel a sensation, which may be pleasant or unpleasant.
The above reflects a classical, functional description of how we work as cognitive, thinking systems. This approach states that the classical approach of separating the mind and analysing its processes is misguided: instead, we should see that the mind, actions of an embodied agent, and the environment it perceives and envisions, are all parts of a whole which determine each other. Psychologists have concentrated on thinking as an intellectual exertion aimed at finding an answer to a question or the solution of a practical problem. Cognitive psychology is a branch of psychology that investigates internal mental processes such as problem solving, memory, and language. Cognitive psychologists use psychophysical and experimental approaches to understand, diagnose, and solve problems, concerning themselves with the mental processes which mediate between stimulus and response. In developmental psychology, Jean Piaget was a pioneer in the study of the development of thought from birth to maturity. In his theory of cognitive development, thought is based on actions on the environment.