I was sitting beavering away at my laptop a few weekends ago when a strange thought just popped into my head. What would happen if some humungus 'thing' or something, jumped/fell onto the edge of one of the tectonic plates that we float blithely around on on top of all that hot, seething magma?
Now, where did that come from? Do you find yourself having odd thoughts when you are focussing on something else? It set me thinking about how our minds multitask. I was not working on anything remotely linked to the tectonics of our planet, although I do have to admit to receiving regular daily global earthquake reports from the USGS site.
These odd 'query thoughts' just pop up at strange times. We all know our brains are still busy working in the background whilst we sleep - hence the contents of our dreams, but whilst you are concentrating on something else that is using mind power? You would not think so - that is, if you think about it at all!
There was an advert for something on British TV, where a bog standard lady was sitting on the Tube [the London Underground], her boring trip home obviously allowing her mind to wander, and you saw a thought pop up, 'I wonder what Barn Owls were called before there were barns?'. She had the slightly bored/bland look on her face that people on buses and trains tend to assume, and you had to wonder where such a 'query thought' came from. She did not look the intellectual type who might have been studying ornithology or something similar, but that thought had bobbed to the surface seemingly unbidden.
Some very interesting items bubble to the surface in these 'query thoughts'. What, if any, can you recall yourself having?