The apparent randomness of thoughts

I first noticed that thoughts occurred to me apparently randomly when i was writing a high school paper.   The paper, which was to be 50% of the grade for my high school biology class, was already late.  I had taken copious notes in my research.  I knew the material like the back of my hand.  I even somewhat knew what the paper should say, … i knew the context that was to be established, and the conclusions which were to be drawn.  In a sense it was already written in my head, the only thing that had yet to be done was to type out its sentences one by one on a piece of white paper on my Smith Corona.  But I  was running out of time – it was late 1 AM Sunday night – and the 10 page paper had to be turned in tomorrow in 4th period.  

I had already typed out the topic sentence of the first paragraph,  now the  next one needed to occur, but instead all manner of other thoughts occurred in its place.   How was i ever to get this paper typed if my thoughts were to continue to occur quite so randomly?  Well the paper ended up being late.  Even so i managed to cobble up an A+ in the class,  and inevitably adapted to the way my thoughts occur,  as everybody must. 

I do believe it is a common human situation that we cannot demand specific thoughts to occur in specific sequences according to our intentions,  notwithstanding that our intentions may be clear, and we quite known in advance.   I will bet that most people who understand such a presumption would find it quite silly - for it not the way thoughts work - they simply occur in sequences of their own devises quite independent of our intentions ... and it would be  immature of me to suppose that they should be under my control. 

to be continued …

[the conclusion of this piece is the role of writing in thinking … in that writing can be an external anchor of our random thoughts.   Using writing we can, over time, make our thoughts bow more to our intentions.  ]

 

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