chownah wrote:As to some thoughts that appear in your head; when you were born there were virtually NO thoughts in your head
How do you know this? We can't remember things we were thinking at birth, but perhaps that's because memory wasn't functioning.
chownah wrote: and your natural ability to be mentally impressed by your six sense media started accumulating data or impressions which were put into categories and networks which grew and grew all being built upon each other.......seems like it is not a stretch to suggest that ALL thoughts are conditioned by outside forces.
It seems a big stretch to me! Try reading some Kant, or modern Kantian philosophy of mind. The strong versions of this suggest that we come equipped at birth with most of the categories and networks needed to understand the world. If the Kantians are right, then there could be an awful lot of organised thought going on at birth. Even if you are right, wouldn't there be a lot of, perhaps less organised, thinking going on, to build those categories and networks?
You are correct in that I do not know for sure the extent of the thought process on newborns. For all I know a newborn is just seething with thoughts......but I have observed newborns and infants as they mature and they do a remarkably good imitation of starting with little to no thought processes and then having those processes develop as they mature......but I could be completely wrong.....anyone know of a site which talks about brain activity in newborns?
I think you have not carefully read my post.....what I posted is perfectly in agreement with the idea that a newborn has categories and networks already at birth although I am not making any statement as to their existence or nonexistence as it is not really essential to the ideas I am trying to express. Also, Kantian philosophy is OK I guess but I do not take it to be a serious source of wise knowledge.....whether a newborn has much in the way of thought processes is a matter of what happens inside a babies head and not a matter to be determined by philosophical speculation.
P.S. Here is a link that talks about brain activity in fetus and newborn......probably not the best reference...http://www.livescience.com/8890-birth-f ... -idle.html
P.P.S. Here is another link I like because it seems to agree with me!https://multcolib.org/parents/early-lit ... evelopment
Early experiences directly affect how the brain is "wired."
At birth, baby's brain is remarkably unfinished. Most of its 100 billion neurons are not yet connected in networks. Some neurons are programmed for specific functions-breathing and heartbeat, but most are not yet designated for tasks and are waiting for the experiences in the environment to determine their function. Connections are created by the sensory experiences-seeing, smelling, touching, and especially tasting, stimulate the growth of neural connections. Forming and reinforcing these connections are the key tasks of early brain development. By the age of three, a child's brain is twice as active as an adult's--and it stays that way throughout the first decade of life.