Creating a Thought

Clint O'Dell (
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 14:02:03 MDT

I wrote:
>First I created a thought. I controlled what thoughts ran through my head
>and noticed that the thoughts were created by me. They were not created by
>responses to events. So I must have some free will there.

Cameron Reilly wrote:
>I'm fascinated by your comments because this totally contradicts my own
>experience. How did you create a thought? Are you claiming this to be a
>conscious process? What was the process you followed? How did you initiate
>the process? How did you control the thoughts? By what process did you
>control the thoughts? If you want take the discussion off-list, please feel
>free to mail me directly.

I'll explain thought control here but I was wondering if you would mind explaining some of your experiences of consciousness with me. I'm going to build the worlds first computer that'll allow a person to link to a virtual world, a world that will still allow you to communicate with the real world (I described above as the outside world). I allready have plans on how I'm going to do it. I just need to learn more about computer hardware and brain hardware. I believe my logic has allready figured out the rest. Any insight you can give me about consciousness would be most benificial. If there is any error in my logic I need to know now.

An on-line discussion would be most benificial to me so I've printed my response here, but if you would prefure an off-line discussion then I'm ok with that too. Just reply to

>Are you claiming this [creating a thought] to be a conscious process?

Thoughts are both conscious and unconscious processes. Because the brain is allways matching memory patterns, and since memory is distributed throughout the brain, and one part of it being echoic memory (where thoughts are comprehended as language) then obvously you can't have complete control there. Thoughts will just pop in your head as parts of memory are read and distributed.

A thought is also stored in memory since self awareness is the recognition of the pattern that you are making all the decisions. Of course the brain can read that part of memory and its associations, and be so complex that there isn't just one course of action, or there are to many associations to be distributed and processed at the same time. It's like trying to pass 64 bits each via a 4 bit bus between 7 circuits at the same time.

My mind is running a thousand miles an hour right now and I can't keep me thoughts on track. My thoughts are just all over the place! I need to lie down. I went ahead and printed this anyways so you can start thinking about it. I'll finish it up when my head stops hurting.

Clint O'Dell

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