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Thinking without language?

Drew Arrington noone at nowhere.com
Wed Nov 24 13:04:42 EST 1999


On 18 Nov 99 03:08:59 GMT, uj797 at victoria.tc.ca (Arthur T. Murray)
wrote:

>Peter Wang, engp9577 at nus.edu.sg, wrote on 18 Nov 1999 09:16:12 +1100:
>
>> Dear all,
>
>> Do you think we should use language when we are thinking?
>> or we can use and can not use it too?
>
>Thinking is a flow of associations.  As we walk down the street,
>we may think absent-mindedly and entirely in images, pictures,
>smells, sounds, and such -- without recourse to language.
>
>However, when we do use language for thinking (and communicating),
>we gain access to abstract concepts that only language can manipulate,
>and we generate thoughts that can be communicated to other minds.
>A Picasso painting does not so much communicate as *cause* ideas.
>
>> Moreover, how about making decision? Does this also involves language?
>
>Decision-making involves ALL the knowledge available to the mind,
>whether linguistically associated or by non-verbal modalities.
>
>For a discussion of decision-making in "Mind.Forth AI Source Code,"
>please click-link on the "(volition)" module in the flow-chart at
>http://www.geocities.com/Athen/Agora/7256/mind-fpc.html archive.
>
>> In my oppinion, we can think and make decision without resorting to
>> language.
>        
>> Thanx.  [...]
O.K., sounds like as good a theory as any.

Drew Arrington
We stand around and talk of Master, while the Masters walk the talk.




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