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The purpose of blogs vary. Many are simply personal ones, where they describe the workings of the author's life. Some are political, rallying for one side and decrying the other. The purpose of this blog is to post my internal musings about things I don't fully understand. There are few answers in this blog, but many questions. No post is a light read - I endeavour to make them long and deep. And I never give a tl;dr version. If I haven't scared you away yet, happy thinking. :D
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Think of a random word

Posted October 1st, 2009 at 10:38 PM by Citrinin
Updated October 13th, 2009 at 02:00 AM by Citrinin

Think of a random word.

I thought of "mosquito".

I wonder, what are the thought processes involved in coming up with a random number or word. It can't be truly random - I'd watched an old episode of Family Guy that used the word "mosquito" a few times in one of the scenes, which was the thing that prompted me to think of mosquito.

So how does the brain drag a memory up for this "random" word? What processes does it go through to choose this word? What makes a word more likely to be chosen by this process? How recent it appeared? Its significance to your current emotional state?

I'm no expert on neuroscience, and I welcome anyone who is to explain this to me.
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  1. Old Comment
    Forever's Avatar
    Duck.
    o3o
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 10:44 PM by Forever Forever is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Swift!'s Avatar
    I want to marry your brain, Citrinin. <3
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 10:57 PM by Swift! Swift! is offline
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    Forever's Avatar
    That isn't a word.
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 10:59 PM by Forever Forever is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Swift!'s Avatar
    Rhubarb. Happy now?
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 11:04 PM by Swift! Swift! is offline
  5. Old Comment
    Citrinin's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by I'm Not Your Hero
    I want to marry your brain, Citrinin. <3
    XDDD; That's certainly a... new comment. XD;
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 11:08 PM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
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    Bay Alexison's Avatar
    It's all repetition, I believe. If that word keeps popping in front of you, that word will stick in your brain for some time. D:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hakeen View Comment
    Duck.
    o3o
    Duck, duck, goose. XD;
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 11:16 PM by Bay Alexison Bay Alexison is offline
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    Forever's Avatar
    Simmone.
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 11:26 PM by Forever Forever is offline
  8. Old Comment
    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. 8D
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 11:40 PM by Mitchman Mitchman is offline
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    Forever's Avatar
    Beak.
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 11:57 PM by Forever Forever is offline
  10. Old Comment
    abnegation's Avatar
    Parking Ticket
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 12:15 AM by abnegation abnegation is offline
  11. Old Comment
    Forever's Avatar
    Quack.
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 12:15 AM by Forever Forever is offline
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    Elite Overlord LeSabre™'s Avatar
    Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon.
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 12:59 AM by Elite Overlord LeSabre™ Elite Overlord LeSabre™ is offline
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    Forever's Avatar
    Feathers.
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 01:05 AM by Forever Forever is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    Funny, all the bird-related words that come from that first one. I suppose the brain picks up on those and formulates a response accordingly.

    My word was 'abdicate'. Probably because I've been talking a lot lately about how awesome of a word it is.
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 01:13 AM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline
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    Forever's Avatar
    ..No, I was typing bird words purposely. XDDDD;;
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 02:01 AM by Forever Forever is offline
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    Route 18's Avatar
    We can't think of an entirely random word. We're not computers, you know. Some little thought in our minds triggers us to think of that particular word. Whatever we are thinking of at the time will most likely be the thought that drags up this "random" word. It isn't completely random, actually. For example, you were probably sifting through your memories for a second to select a word. It isn't random, because it appeared when you were thinking of a word to be random.
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 02:05 PM by Route 18 Route 18 is offline
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    Citrinin's Avatar
    Exactly my point, Samus. What I'd really like to know is the psychological process, in layman's terms if possible, for creating a "random" word. :3
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 04:44 PM by Citrinin Citrinin is offline
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    Yoshimi's Avatar
    Since I had a hint of Shakespearean touch in my life today, I thought of one word.

    Honorificabilitudinitatibus.
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 07:27 PM by Yoshimi Yoshimi is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hakeen View Comment
    ..No, I was typing bird words purposely. XDDDD;;
    My point exactly. You just happened to pick up on it consciously instead of subconsciously.
    Posted October 3rd, 2009 at 12:22 PM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline
  20. Old Comment
    Ineffable~'s Avatar
    "Mosquito"
    "Bite"
    "Bite"
    "Mosquito"
    "Mosquito"
    "Bite"
    "Bite"
    "Mosquito"

    Lol, I loved that episode. xD

    My word is "lime". :>
    Posted October 13th, 2009 at 06:41 PM by Ineffable~ Ineffable~ is offline
 

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