When talking to people about my work, the question often arises, why build a theory on symbols? To many of us, symbols are vague, emotional, arguable, and lack any 'real' measurable substance.
Sounds like a great opportunity to formulate a better description...
A symbol can be anything, such as a flower, or a tree, or a family. And from there we attach meanings to these things. So a flower can mean love, a tree can mean wisdom, and a family can mean love and wisdom. It all seems pretty subjective, and lots of things can mean lots of things, to lots of different people.
We know that all living minds communicate using symbols, however, how do our networks of symbols forge the growth and change within our lives? And perhaps, is there a better methodology for systematically measuring symbols?
For example, how does one quantify the energy found in text, images, photos, logos and other objects? It seems to me that meaningful designs must contain energy - a type of energy that makes people think and move. But how is this energy defined? How does one symbol act upon another?
Could a form of complexity generated by symbols be affecting our day-to-day decision-making patterns? Perhaps the rules governing symbols might fall along the same lines as those governing physics...
What about the famously discussed Law of Attraction? Can a mind attract things? I don't think there has been any scientific explanation for how Attraction might function - is it like gravity?...
Thought theory seeks to reframe some fundamental laws of psychology to the scope of physics, and explain the forces acting upon symbolic structures within an abstract space shared across minds.
In my research, I've put together a rudimentary philosophy on the behavior of 'minds' and 'symbols' within an abstracted region. I also think that we will someday create a hyper-dimensional map of symbols, and use it to navigate a hidden world of massive ideas.
With a map of symbols, we could plot our future more closely. We could arrange mathematical processes to re-organize and decrease the structures of complexity that separate minds from one another. Reducing or re-ordering complexity in abstract space might be the solution for eliminating or drastically reducing the possibilities of war, famine, poverty, and pain. Maybe one day, we might re-engineer our economic models and all of society could be structured in concert with our mental nature.