Lost In (which is "en" in Greek, "in" in Latin, but "en" again in Latinates) Thought

William and Mary Common Application supplement: Tell us a little more about yourself. Submit anything you like -- an additional essay, a collage, a photo album -- that will give us a better idea of who you are.


I have been told I am a thinker: one who is commonly lost in thought - which arises as a result of the interactions between the various parts of the brain, according to one theory, as the logical center in the front left hemisphere attempts to make sense of the various stimuli it receives from the other centers of the brain, such as the sensual stimuli centers that are on either side of the brain - except the vocal areas and several other nuclei, which usually are centered in one side or the other - as well as the amigdala and other parts of the so-called "primary mammalian" brain, though they are more responsible for primary emotions such as fear, pleasure, and aggressiveness. I think this is true, but I find it discouraging that it is often said as a criticism rather than a complement.

I am unsure why excessive thought would be such an undesirable thing. After all, it is thinking that separates our race from many otherwise adept organisms, although it has been argued that opposable thumbs were the most important adaptation. Or perhaps speech, which was first proposed to have arisen biologically by Noam Chomsky (who is still alive but seems to have temporarily given up sparking whole revolutions in historical...

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