Derek Follett

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Primary and Secondary Thoughts

Primary Thoughts: Thoughts that originate as a result of sensory input. Example, “those cupcakes sure do look tasty.”

Secondary Thoughts: Thoughts that originate as a result of a primary thought or another secondary thought. Example derived from above thought, “remember that commercial where the shark thinks the women in an innertube is a cupcake?”

Conjecture: Primary and secondary thoughts are the only types of thoughts that exist.

I’ve set out to prove my conjecture but am finding it difficult. Try the following exercise: catch yourself thinking, trace the thought back to its primary thought and eventually to its sensory input. It seems to work every time, but if it fails to work does this mean the furthest thought that you can trace it back to is “random.” My most frequent “random” thoughts seem to be songs that I find myself whistling for no apparent reason.

I’ve also been able to use this to “read people’s minds.” Here’s how, if someone says or does something seemingly random in a conversation try to find the connection to what was said or what happened, you may be able to catch them a little off gaurd.