Categorie: Quote

The purpose of thought

The purpose of thinking is to let the ideas die instead of us dying – Alfred North Withhead

Evolutionary psychologists regard the ability to think as an adaption. Just like our sense of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing have been advantageous to our survival – so has thought.

Buddha had a similar idea, regarding the mind as an equal contributor to our reality as the other five senses. Our thoughts become another way to filter and interpret the world.

I like this interpretation, because it gives meaning to thought.


Giving the idea is not giving the solution,
nor does it define the problem
the idea should work for.

Giving the idea
is giving a broader space
to de-problemise the problem,
defining it more positively
and make it more
easy to
find the