Thinking without language?

Jerry Hull ZZZghull at stny.lrun.com
Fri Nov 19 12:06:27 EST 1999


On Thu, 18 Nov 1999 16:49:05 -0000, "ADR" <a.dalla_rosa at virgin.net>
wrote:

>We don't actually think in words. Observe carefully while your 'thinking'.
>Your tongue is still moving and there is small muscular movements occuring,
>you're actually talking without voicing out loud. Try sticking your tongue
>out and keeping it still as possible, you won't be able to think well in
>'words'. Thoughts are feelings on one level which we bring down one level by
>using our tools for communication, such as our mouth.

This seems completely mistaken.  It is the vocal chords that show
micro movements which track with "silent speech", if I recall
correctly.  The tongue has nothing to do with it.

--
Jer
"When you are at sea, keep clear of the land",
Publilius Syrus




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