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What Is Thought?

Is that some sort of trick question? Everyone knows what thought is. Or do they... My questions for you today are: How do you define “a thought” (yes, a single thought)? Where is the boundary from one thought to the next? What is “thought” more generally? Does this cognitive activity require conscious awareness? Or language? We don't want to be linguistic chauvinists, now do we, so let's assume mice have them.
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