We think differently than we think. We believe of being in control of e.g. adding two numbers together, but easily realize and accept the absence of such feelings in a situation such as looking for a missing word to complete a sentence, a likewise similar task.

Even simple intellectual problems present as a multitask event, the control in regard of success and failure being closely associated to brain-areas mediating emotions and feelings such as fear, motivation, pain and satisfaction - essentially the same as involved in the act of vision ! Changes in the facial expression or positioning of the hands during the execution of such tasks point to close interaction of sensory and motor functions.






The processes enabling to focus and to solve problems are not yet elucidated, but there is no evidence to suggest other mechanisms than neural networking of being involved.

Even simple intellectual problems allow to recognize the enormous variation of the individual approaches to their resolution, an aspect of basic importance in regard of matters of education.




"Still Learning"



Successful problem solving requires a well established base, conditions allowing mostly to solve problems by simply increasing the effort. This remedy will likely fail, if such a foundation is not established. Easily recognized in matters of intellect, poor foundation is frequently overlooked in regard of emotional and cultural issues, where passive exposure and time to mature are central to its creation.






In regard to western thinking - generally referred to as being reason based -, it is worthwhile to note that valid guidelines for such purposes have never been established so far.

Thinking as a learn-experience should occur in the context of well chosen episodes, images and stories, good examples suitable and useful to remember. The quality of the memory is a determinant of the personal mental stability, quality of life, and personal thoughts and actions.