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Speaking before (without) thinking? [on hold]

Is it neurologically possible to speak before or without thinking? My guess, which may be completely obvious, is that no, of course not, but I am seeking validation for my guess.
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Could we develop a notion of conceivability that would allow us to imagine impossible/inconsistent/illogical things?

There are things that we cannot imagine because they are impossible (like a solution to Russell's set theory, since it is impossible to reach that solution because it is illogical.) Some months ago, ...
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What is the neurophysiology of a thought?

PURPOSE 1) To find out if there is evidence in favor of one of Hebb's claim. In is book "The Organization of Behavior" he claimed that cell assemblies are the physiological foundation of thought. ...
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What forms of human thinking are present on animals and protohumans?

General idea I'm trying to see what characteristics of human thinking are present on animals and protohumans. In other words, how our thought depends on previous forms of intelligence (because of ...
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What are the thoughts? [duplicate]

At the neuroscience level, what are thoughts? I mean, are they just electrical synapse through the brain in a recognizable patterns? if so, How are those electrical pulses originated?
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How can visual thinking be avoided?

I have seen a lot of resources online about how to teach people visual thinking, but I've seen a lot less on the opposite: how to avoid visual thinking. The problem with visual thinking is that it is ...
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Who do we count as “intelligent” and why? [closed]

Most of my friends, for instance, say they want an "intelligent" girlfriend. Now, I know this is a philosophical question and a matter of opinion, and there is a similar question on intelligence ...
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Hard to think when hearing audible speech

I don't know what is the exact cause of this but when there is some song playing around me or someone is talking near me its harder for me to concentrate my thoughts or imagine something. However pure ...
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What effect can depression have on memory?

While a link has been shown that when a person is in a depressed episode there can be a negative effect on the individuals memory. (Hubbard et al, 2016). This shows that when a person is experiencing ...
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Why do thoughts take a non-zero length of time? [closed]

I was staring blankly at my desk thinking about how to overcome a programming task at work when it suddenly dawned on me I had spent the best part of half an hour trying to envision how this problem ...
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Difference between thoughts and sensations

I am interested to know how to distinguish sensations from thoughts, according to the techniques and concepts of neuroscience and psychology. Is there an explicit distinction between them, or are ...
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Do many people have an “Accompanying Voice” - an equal they converse with?

A hypnosis professional told me this is true, so I am asking: is it a fact of psychology that many people have a voice that they talk with "in their head" which talks back to them and helps solve ...
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Does thoughtfulness make us more susceptible to criticism? [closed]

I have noticed that when I am in a thinking mode and someone that matters to me such as my mother criticises me I keep thinking about it throughout the day and this has a negative impact on me and my ...
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Do dreams improve upon memory and understanding by making the sensory experience MORE LIKE thought? [closed]

It is certainly a great fact/truth that the ability of thought to describe or reconfigure sensory experience is ultimately dependent upon the extent to which thought is similar to sensory experience. ...
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How do I choose what I think?

Where do my thoughts come from? What allows me to choose them at all? Regardless of whether free will is an illusion or not, what makes a thought happen? (This is a mix of a philosophical question and ...
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Learning to think?

Do we need to learn to 'think' or is it an ability that we are born with? By 'think' I mean neurons firing in a certain way to provide useful information (although since I am not strong in this ...
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Does intentionally being aware of an emotion or thought pattern increase the incidence of that thought pattern?

As a means of tracking and exerting control over my life and emotions, I've considered doing a daily log to measure various life metrics, like what time I got up, how much coffee I've drunk, and ...
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Does anyone know how to explain Quinian bootstrapping process by Carey to a layperson (like me)?

I've been trying my best to understand what Quinian bootstrapping is, by reading scientific articles on this topic, but I come across more and more philosophical concepts like "sortals" or similar. ...
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is it true that people who code think differently? [duplicate]

I code websites and I believe the way I think is totally different from most of the others. Not that I think in a better way(a possibility though) but I'm only saying "differently". Do you think it's ...
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What is the mechanism behind recurring or looping thoughts?

I'm interested in what is the mechanism that explains the recurrence or looping of thoughts within a person's mind. Unless very strongly distracted, such thoughts can creep up back or mutate slightly ...
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Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?

A rather basic question, but I don't see answer in Google, so here it goes: Humans have thoughts, sometimes these thoughts carry with them motivations to act, urges, cravings, etc. All these can make ...
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Are liars inclined to lie to themselves?

Reading the famous quote of Oliver Sacks, can we draw conclusions about liars? "We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of ...