What substance are thoughts made of? Thinking is…

What’s up by Alessandra Cianchettini for COCOONERS N° 13

April 26, 2024
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2 min read

This article was first published in Cocooners N° 13

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What substance are thoughts made of? Thinking is an extraordinary yet so natural act that we often take it for granted and, especially in the West, we consider it an action that takes place in the brain. As a result, many paths such as schooling focus on enabling the mind “to do its job.” But what if the content of thoughts goes beyond electrical impulses and electromagnetic waves?

Working with children, I have realized how much their knowledge of the world actually comes from movement and the senses, and every day I see the value of empowering adults with an approach to reasoning that integrates the rational part and does not rely exclusively on it.

Aware that centuries of science and philosophical dissertations lead to often conflicting theories about the role of the brain, I bring here one of the possible approaches that caught my attention.

Thinking means creating, processing, and using images that take shape from concrete information that comes from experience and interaction with the environment and society. The body is a means of constructing thought when, through senses and receptors, we gather stimuli from the world. With this lens we can say that hands think and eyes do too, that sounds, words and movements become images. Everything we experience becomes the content of our thoughts.

Antonio Damasio said: “The organism has some reasons that reason must utilize.”

Let us allow ourselves to consciously use all of our senses every day; let us eat by closing our eyes to savor our food, feel the support of our foot on the ground as we walk, enjoy a piece of music without getting distracted.Let’s really listen to the words of a friend or colleague. Let’s use all the perceptual potential we have to nurture our thoughts and create situations in which thinking is not just a rational activity but direct, tangible experience.


This article was first published in Cocooners N° 13

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