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Thinking without language?

Larisa Migachyov lvm at leland.Stanford.EDU
Thu Nov 18 19:21:54 EST 1999


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Gary Forbis wrote:
>  ADR <a.dalla_rosa at virgin.net> wrote in message
>  news:811tuf$d7i$1 at nclient11-gui.server.virgin.net...
>  >
>  > >None at all.  None that I can feel or see, anyway.  Maybe an EMG would
>  > >pick up something, but I don't have one handy.
>  >
>  > My remote EMG with background radiation detector and dark matter
>  telepathor
>  > detects that there were minute movements of your tongue, throat and lips
>  > that would account for what you 'think' were verbal thoughts.
>  >
>  > Now repeat after me, with your tongue stuck out really sharply and pressed
>  > between your tongue, 'I am not thinking verbally'.
>  
>  I'm having trouble parsing that.
>  
>  I tried reading the sentence with my tongue thrust out with my index and
>  middle
>  finger pressing the tongue against my teeth.  My tongue seemed to move but
>  it may have been a gag reflex though I don't know why the sentence would
>  make me gag.

Hmm.  I tried the same thing, and got a gag reflex as well.  I wonder what
it is about this sentence...

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Larisa Migachyov                            
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