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What happens to a thought once it's thought?
I'm having a hard time mixing my understanding of physics and buddhist philosophy to understand what happens to a thought once it's no longer a thought.
Here's how I see it:
- Assuming the big bang theory is correct, the entire universe derived from a point of a singularity.
- That point of singularity contained all matter, and our known universe, and therefore our world, contains a fixed quantity of matter/energy.
- According to the law of conservation of mass, matter and energy can not be created nor destroyed, only converted from one form to another.
- Thus, the matter and energy that existed eons ago in our world is the only matter or energy that has ever existed, it's just been reshuffled around since then.
- The dinosaurs that existed millions of years ago existed of matter (cells) and energy (heart, brain, and neuron energies). When a particular dinosaur died, it's matter was converted into energy (either through a carnivore, bacteria, or other), used, and eventually converted back into matter.
- Thoughts are based on energy, neurons firing within the brain, that came from matter or other energy.
- Since no matter or energy is wasted, my thoughts have to convert to another form of energy, or to matter.
But, I can't seem to figure out where these thoughts go. Your mind exists based on neurons firing electronic signals between them. That's your energy. When the energy is expended, in the form of passed information between one neuron and another or one brain cell to another, where does that energy go? How is it converted to another form of energy or matter? Either from a physics standpoint or a spiritual buddhist standpoint.
The same occurs in your muscles. You consume matter, convert it to energy, and your muscles expend that energy when you lift your arm up. But you've converted stored energy into kinetic energy, which is released when you drop your arm, or released when you die, or released when you don't use your muscles and they deteriorate. But thoughts are different.
It must be a simple answer, I just don't get it.
So, where do your thoughts go once you've thought them?