“It Is More Important to Discover New Ways of Thinking About What Is Already Known Than to Discover New Data or Facts”

1490 Words Oct 18th, 2011 6 Pages
Humans seek to understand the world in which they live in: its physical and non-physical aspects, if I may oversimplify the categories the world can be divided into. This need in man is natural and can be described as an impulse that has driven man through the generations and steered evolvement into the areas of breakthrough.
To understand a thing originates from the thoughts of a thing: thoughts of what, why, when, where and how, and thoughts of beyond the what, the why, the when, the where and the how. Thus if the origin of learning and discovery lies in thought, the question can therefore be asked: to gain more knowledge of our world and all connected with it, do humans have to probe continuously into making discoveries that have not
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Discovering new ways of thinking about what is already known opens doors to discovering what is not known, because the thought processes involved in discovering new things about already known facts, stimulates the development of new thoughts and the discovery of new ideas. This is because of how the mind works. It thrives on thought to function. Thought is an abstraction in the mind. To give it physical shape would be infinitely difficult because it can be pictured as letters, words, or whole sentences (because of the phenomenon of language). However to assert this raises the question, “What about thought that has not yet been expressed? What form does it take? Does it take the form of an empty blank space, a color in an undefined shape, similar to a cloud floating in a vacuum? There can really be no answer to this, but I believe thought has one distinct and defining feature: it is supple and amoebic. Thought is formed or grows on the presence of other thoughts. Simple thought forms may latch on to another simple thought form to form a compound thought, then to form a complex thought (and all gradations of a complex thought). It may not be in this exact order in that a simple thought can latch on directly to a complex thought. Thought can grow, change form, reduce in density and power, but never dies. The quality of not dying is a testament to my argument

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