Thinking without language?

julien colomb julien.colomb at unifr.ch
Sun Nov 21 13:30:58 EST 1999



Alan Roth wrote:

> I used to be a totally verbal thinker. One day (in 1983?) on a whim, I
> went around the office to 7 or 8 of my high-tech. co-workers and asked
> them "how" they think. In those days, that would not get you fired
> immediately--I wouldn't recommend it today. Once they understood the
> question, the answers seemed to fall about equally into two groups,
> (and, yes, I know this is a very small sample)--either they were verbal
> like me, or they thought in "pictures."

I'm not a specialist but i know that this differenciation is not very
new... Aristotes said it: there is concepts and pictures. Picture is more
related to sense and concepts are the cognition in work....






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