C'est la vie
- May 11, 2008
you will be pleased to know that there are levels of thinking even beyond reflection You will encounter it in due time.
You misunderstand. It isn't reflection, it's reflective thinking. Reflection is simply contemplation, whereas reflective thinking is the combination of self awareness and critical thinking ability to obtain mindfulness. There are many levels of thought above simple reflection, but humans, neurologically, only possess the ability to utilize reflective thinking at the highest level of cognitive ability. It's the highest capacity to which we are physically capable of thinking because it utilizes the frontal lobe to overcome the limbic system through a series of developed mechanisms. Most of late childhood and adolescence is about developing reflective thinking abilities in order to function within the social world, but only those who are aware of their own metacognition are aware of the processes at work. Only those who develop self awareness and critical thinking ability can become conscious of reflective thinking and can develop it into reflective intelligence.
I'm not sure what level of thought anyone else is on, but I am certain that they aren't above reflective thinking. To do so would require additional parts to the brain that simply do not exist.