Thinking about thinking is slippery. It’s like trying to nail jello to the wall. We think that what we perceive is reality, whereas it is only an interpretation of reality. Even thinking is an illusion (usually) We only think we think. We have a built in interface (reptilian mind) which translates the input data into a form which is easier to interpret by the mind. Incoming photons to the rods and cones in the eye are flipped over and reversed by this interface and spread out in a color spectrum to make it easy for our minds to interpret.
Vibrations in the air are converted into sound. Destruction of proprioceptors is converted into pain. Even time is in our heads. There is no evidence whatsoever that time exists in reality. Maybe time is just a series on “nows” given a sense of continuity by our internal clock. Anyone who has made even a cursory incursion into the workings of the mind knows this, BUT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. Dreams, for instance, are full color, sound, smell, pain, heat etc. indistinguishable from reality. That is why they must be flushed upon awakening so as to not get confused with real memories. What people remember upon awakening is just random snippets of the dream as it’s being flushed out of short term memory. While it is interesting to note that there is something in our heads that knows how to walk, while we don’t, it is sobering to know that there is something in our heads that UNDERSTANDS chaos fluid dynamics in 11 (13) dimensions, AND CAN MANIPULATE IT.
The mind is elegant in it’s simplicity
incomprehensible in it’s scale
And glorious in it’s implementation
It must also be kept in mind that this “something in our heads” is not sentient. It is re-programmable wetware only and not cognizant per se. The ANN can.
The following is an example of not only this process, but the difference in left and right brain thinking;
“Qualia” (pronounced /ˈkwɑːliə/), singular “quale” (pronounced /ˈkwɑːleɪ/, roughly KWAH-leh), from the Latin for “what sort” or “what kind,” is a term used in philosophy to describe the subjective quality of conscious experience. Examples of qualia are the pain of a headache, the taste of wine, or the redness of an evening sky. Daniel Dennett writes that qualia is “an unfamiliar term for something that could not be more familiar to each of us: the ways things seem to us.”
The importance of qualia in philosophy of mind comes largely from the fact that they are often seen as posing a fundamental problem for materialist explanations of the mind-body problem. Much of the debate over their existence hinges on the definition of the term that is used, as various philosophers emphasize or deny the existence of certain properties.
And an example of right brain thinking
<—-Left mind Right mind—->
“This means that colours only really exist within the brain – light is indeed travelling from objects to our eyes, and each object may well be transmitting/reflecting a different set of wavelengths of light; but what essentially defines a ‘colour’ as opposed to a ‘wavelength’ is created within the brain. ” – Nagi