Firstly, I’d like to congratulate myself on this title. Just a shame the text that goes with it will be such a let down. I guess I’ll reserve it for later on.
Secondly, I don’t know if thought is continuous or discrete. All I can say is that it does change in terms of many of its characteristics. I does this sometimes predictably, not that we ever try such a forecast, and at other times, unpredictably. Going to sleep and waking up are good boundary markers. Inceptions too.
And even if it has a discrete nature, each new thought originates within a frame, that which came before it and which relates to it, also thought, but of variant characteristics. With its own origins. Which all brings me back to the tongue, the only muscle to have only an insertion and no origin. Just like an infant’s speech is new but uses the same language that framed its birth.
Thoughts then are Russian dolls. Each encompassed by its predecessor yet somehow also divergent. Each new day, each change of mood. Each and every thought experiment begins with the same origin, let’s conduct a thought experiment, regardless of its nature.
So when you try that experiment which requires you to think like someone else, something outside yourself, be it someone specific or just some one not you. Bear in mind that the person you will become must have at some point also begun a similar thought experiment.
And of course, those who have been through the act of wanting to think like someone else will have realized that you need a certain amount of information and will therefore ‘give themselves away’ by broadcasting the information necessary to crunch data in the same way. Otherwise known as etiquette.