What I imagine I was thinking:
"We are endowed with the power to combine ideas recursively, to have thoughts about our thoughts. We have an instinct for language, allowing us to share the fruits of our experience and ingenuity. We are deepened with the capacity for sympathy -- for pity, imagination, compassion, commiseration." .
What it looks like I was thinking:
"If I alternate between sipping beer and coffee, will their effects balance out?" .
What I was actually thinking:
"Better make sure my hand is in my pocket so this picture turns out great for my Instagram." 🤷♂️ . .
(For anyone curious, source of the substantive quote is Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now (2018). His brilliant TED Talk from last month about the story of human progress can be found here: https://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker_is_the_world_getting_better_or_worse_a_look_at_the_numbers/details)