Reprogramming the Brain
One could assume that a thought in its purest form is just information, an observation of something either in the external world or within ones own internal world.
We perceive this thought by associating it with other thoughts, either as context driven understanding or as isomorphic relations. In the context driven understanding we create a context or scenario around the thought to imagine it’s relevance and thus enhancing our understanding. An isomorphic relation is about finding a abstract correlation between two thoughts, we could for example compare an air bubble to a balloon, or the expansion of the universe with the expansion of our mind. The more associations we make between different thoughts the better we understand them, new thoughts doesn’t only serve to give us new knowledge but to enhance our old knowledge.
When enough similarities and connections have been realized we might observe a pattern appear from that network of thoughts. This pattern does in it self not represent a specific concept in the sense that it means something specific to us, but it represents a generic pattern on how to observe new information.
We may compare this pattern with other similar patterns to gain a better understanding of how that pattern relates to us. Just as with more concrete thoughts we need to look at it from many different viewpoints to really make use of it in the best way possible.
I believe that our strongest insights into our selves happens when we gain new understanding of these abstract thought patterns, they enable us to see new connections between thoughts which we couldn’t see before.
Something which has been quite puzzling to me for some time is the fact that we might have certain thoughts which doesn’t really tell us anything more than the fact that they fascinate us, we might ponder a concept which we find interesting. But it’s only just that; interesting in that moment. We then ponder about the very same concept another time only to realize something magnificent, a realization which betters our very understanding of the world or one self. What happened?
One explanation could be this abstract thought pattern which represent a network of associations. We might have gained a new pattern of association which enables us to more easily see new association in old thoughts and draw new conclusions from them.
We form more associations between concepts by understanding the abstract patterns on how one form associations in the first place, then we associate those patterns in order to gain new understandings, or understand even more zoomed out patterns of understanding the understanding of the formations of associations between our thoughts. This would in every sense be a fractal model of thought, which makes a lot of sense as everything else in nature can be explained with fractal math.