Touching an object activates a nerve - something that can be observed by scientists.
Scientists can also trace the resulting "signal" through your nerves to your brain. They may know which portion of the brain is activated.
The next step is to think about the thing you just touched.
Does this process generate something physical that scientists can detect? Or is though, so far, "invisible"?
To put it another way, do scientists know what "thought" is made of?