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David, your definition of thinking makes me think you yourself are a thinking machine jk But let me offer some food for thought. I assume you've read Orwell's 1984? Do you remember the part about 'doublethink'? It's an extreme example, but it should be rather illustrative in where your definition fails. Humans have a brilliant capacity for simultaneously holding and, crucially, believing two contradictory views, what Orwell referred to as doublethink. Humans aren't the rational beings that you believe you can model on a computer program. In fact the highlights in our memories are often things that happened during moments of irrationality.