What are thoughts? Where do they come from – and where do they go?

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A penny for your thoughts. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images
A penny for your thoughts. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

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What are thoughts? Where do they come from, and where do they go when they disappear? Are they “filed” somewhere, a bit like memories, where we can find them again, or once a thought has gone is that it?
Sue Christian, Oswestry

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