Thinking without language?

Paul Miller pmiller at DIESPAMMERS.lni.net
Sun Nov 21 09:06:19 EST 1999


On Sun, 21 Nov 1999 07:29:21 -0500, "Alan Roth" <alan42 at mindspring.com> wrote:

>> When I
>> recite the first  200 decimal places of pi, I do  it musically: I rely
>> on the sounds and (predominantly) tones of the Cantonese pronunciation
>> of  the 10 digits.   So, I  can't recite  them if  I try  to do  it in
>> Mandarin or English.

>I have a musical background but had not thought of using it this way,
>(and I certainly can't recite pi to 200 decimal places with sheer
>memorization).

You certainly could if you put the effort into it.  Actors memorize entire
plays, and Homeric poets memorized epics.  Surely 200 words is not too much to
memorize?  Some soliloquies in Shakespeare run longer than this!




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