1) What is thinking?
Thinking involves stepping into and appropriating new perspectives on the familiar. In some cases these are the specific perspectives of differently-situated humans; in others, they are perspectives that aspire to know something “as it is,” which is to say, as it is for any of us. Thinking requires being able to do both of these things without privileging too much one over the other.
2) Why think?
There are many reasons to think; a good one is that it makes you less alone.
A written contribution to Thinking Aloud, 2012