There is a recent paper in Nature, Emergent Analogical Reasoning in Large Language Models, where the authors stated that, "We found that GPT-3 displayed a surprisingly strong capacity for abstract pattern induction, matching or even surpassing human capabilities in most settings; preliminary tests of GPT-4 indicated even better performance. Our results indicate that large language models such as GPT-3 have acquired an emergent ability to find zero-shot solutions to a broad range of analogy problems."
This means that in some form, AI appears to think. But exceeding this ability for AI, what does it mean that humans think? How does thinking work, whether for reasoning, abstraction, and so on? First, thoughts are operated based on what is known, or memory. This means that there can be no thoughts without memory, or thoughts are just a transport within the 'memory space'.
Also, all thoughts visit the feelings or emotions area, whether they acquire those or not. A statement on something to various people might make some sad or others glad because of a word or sentence.
This means that all thoughts often have memory, feelings and emotional markers, even if all thoughts seem like thoughts. It is these markers that are responsible for the power of thought.
For example, if an appliance is not working—that it is not, is known [or memory], the consequences and outcomes [memory] are also known, and may result in anxiety, if the need is important at that time. This anxiety envelopes that thought.
When it is fixed, it becomes known [or memory], the consequences and outcomes [memory] are no longer a problem, then the anxiety is no longer acquired but calm. This calm resolves the situation on the mind.
This shows the power of thought to make and change states, differentiating from LLMs. There are sometimes rough situations for people, but no emotion of fear, so the person is calm, or the emotion of calm is acquired.
This applies as well to gratitude, a recommendation in mental health. Gratitude in a bad situation may be useful against allowing heaviness [an emotion] from that bad situation to settle in, but why does it seem gratitude is not always effective?
When people [of certain profiles] living with addictions, abuse substances, when it should be easy for them to understand how much they have it better than others, why do they not see it and instead use?
There is a way the human mind works that may be helpful to explain this. Conceptually, the collection of all the electrical and chemical impulses of nerve cells, with their features and interactions are the mind. In the mind, there are just strikes of electrical impulses at chemical impulses, at junctions or synapses. There are features of these striking sets of electrical impulses as well as of acquired sets of chemical impulses across circuits. There are also how these strikes or interactions are distinct, to produce the divisions of mind.
Labels like memory, feelings, thoughts, sensations, perceptions, regulations and so forth are useful to understand and explain functions, but within the mind, there are just impulses, their features and interactions.
Theoretically, one feature is the principal spot, where whatever set of chemical impulses is there, has the most domination. This makes a state like depression worse when it gets there. This means that the thought does not just acquire an emotion, but the emotion moves to the principal spot, drawing other transports—of the form of thought—to it.
There are also features like splits and sequences that may be a problem, making a state linger longer on the mind. Gratitude is a memory property that does comparison. This comparison is potent if it can remove or prevent something heavy from the principal spot, or allow the acquisition of the property of consequence to avoid doing something bad to worsen a situation.
If gratitude cannot do that, then at that point it may not seem useful to mental health and might make some use drugs. Gratitude, however, whether it brings delight to the principal spot, or calm or does not immediately remove a negative property from that spot, is still preferable.
Displaying how the mind makes it work, could be useful as a display to know it is better, than without it, or to be patient with some kind of gratitude against what may become worse or to abuse some substance.