Every Thursday, I like to use a writing prompt.
Today, I’m using the word “brain,” which popped into my head, so I started thinking about it!
I don’t remember who said this or where I read it, but I found it surprising that people used to wonder where our thoughts were.
Didn’t we have them in our heads, and wasn’t that ever so obvious?
I don’t hear what I’m thinking in my feet, arms, heart, or liver.
The origin of the word “brain” seems to agree with me. It comes from an ancient combination of “marrow” and “mind.” Mind marrow is definitely a place for thought.
And yet people haven’t always been sure where our thoughts were located.
Now, here’s a thought.
What if I’d grown up being told my thoughts were in my heart?
Would the center of my chest then become the place of my dreams, my waking moments, and general cognition?
Or would I just know and feel that no, my thoughts are in my head because that is where I hear them?
It’s definitely something to think about, and maybe one day I’ll get around to researching this more and find out how we learned that our thoughts definitely belong in our heads.