Can you stop thinking?
can you ever stop thinking because if you stop thinking isnt your brain dead so your dead
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This implies that thinking is an active activity. By that definition then yes, people stop thinking. For example when sleeping. The brain is doing many thing but conscious and directed thinking is not on the list.
But if the definition of thinking is simply the presence of brain activity then the question is of course meaningless because once we lose brain activity "we" (the thinker) are not here.
So I think that of these two definitions the only meaningful discussion is about being able to stop actively thinking about the world. In my experience we spend a lot of time swimming in our thoughts with no active direction. That's not thinking. When someone says "I've been thinking about that" they mean something active.
I don't believe it's possible to stop thinking. Anyway, if you did stop thinking how would you know? You can't observe the absence of something without observing its context and doing that would be an act of thinking. However I think it is possible to enter a state of pure awareness, observing and taking in an environment without any intellectual analysis of the environment.
You voted for Joe... surely you were not thinking...
All species think, of course at different levels.
Reasoning is part of thinking, and is developed individually according to our own capacities.
Our greatness of thinking over other species is our expanded and variable language. An easier communication between individuals is what have help us to question ourselves if we can stop thinking. (Using reasoning to perform this task).
No one knows exactly how thoughts work but discoveries are showing that is such a complex system that in many cases is unnoticed by our own consciousness.
It has been observed that when a person dies slowly because age, our body starts to close the functions of the organs one by one in order to keep the brain alive until last. The person might be unconscious but the brain still working. This kind of protection might be a signal that even when we don't notice it, we still thinking until last minute.