I came up with a theory on a new way to perceive thoughts. Thoughts act very much like organisms. There's no such thing as the simplest organism. Studies into how to make the simplest possible organism have found that there isn't one; there's many. Two organism are almost never exactly the same. Small variations in DNA (and maybe other structures; I don't know a lot of biology). Breeding produces slightly different DNA. DNA also mutates Complex organisms are made up of many smaller organisms, but are still referred to a individuals. A dog is made up of skin, bones, muscles, etc, but is still called a dog. Organisms exist in the physical world and are part of it, able to change their whole environment in grand ways. Billions of years ago, certain bacteria started producing oxygen, changing life for the entire world. Organisms reproduce, spreading near-duplicates all over. Bacteria self-replicate and animals breed. Thoughts do all these things, just in a different form. There's no simplest thought. There's color, shape, intensity, etc. Two thoughts are almost never alike; everyone sees reality differently, leading to different interpretations of the same idea. Red to one person may mean mean love, to another heat, to another nothing. Even the intensity of these feelings would almost never be identical. Complex thoughts require many smaller thoughts to exist. "House", for instance, is "Living Place", "Building", "Roof, Walls, Floor", etc. Ideas like religion and freedom spread rapidly and affect which thoughts are accepted and spread and which ones aren't. Thoughts exist in minds. They travel through communication. When someone tells someone something, some of the initial meaning is lost. The newly acquired idea is different from the one that gave it birth. Roots When I came up with this idea, I was thinking about why languages shouldn't die, why martyrs are so effective, why I believe it's wrong for nations to treat other nations harshly in the name of Social Darwinism, and why most hate people feel is for someone's ideas, not their physical being (though hate for another's physical being exists, of course). And so... If thoughts act like organisms, how should we treat them? By limiting our worldview, we disallow the survival of potentially useful ideas. For instance, let's say a particular idea could allow humanity to live on mars with little effort. When that idea first comes into being, it's a vast minority. If it can't compete with the combined effort of an opposing idea, it could die with its host. Language is the means of reproducing ideas. Perhaps producing a language that better compliments the spreading of complex ideas instead of making basic communication easier, we could accelerate evolution of ideas. Any thoughts to add? I'd really like to evolve this idea .