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Thinking without language?

kenneth Collins kpaulc at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 27 04:24:16 EST 1999

i agree. my existence is solitary. sometimes i go for weeks with my only
'conversation' being with sales clerks at check-out counters.

thought, for me, is like watching a Physics experiment. i 'translate'
'thought' into words only when there's a need to communicate this or that.


Larisa Migachyov wrote:

> John Turnbull wrote:
> >  In article <7fvh6r751r.fsf at faith.csis.hku.hk>,
> >  Lee Sau Dan 李守敦 <sdlee at faith.csis.hku.hk> wrote:
> >
> >  >I do have the "Oh no!   I missed that note!"  thought when playing the
> >  >piano, but that thought comes  in a completely NON-VERBAL way.  Again,
> >  >that though  flashings in my  mind in a language-independent  way, and
> >  >there is too little  time for me to put the thought  into words of any
> >  >language I'm fluent in.
> >
> >  Why would it take time to put into words.  If you think the thought the
> >  words are there.  They may not be top-most to your attention.  It is a
> >  mere shift in mental focus to have the words present.  How sure are you
> >  the words are not there?
> I don't know why it's so hard to believe that an expression of anguish can
> have no words attached to it.  When you trip, do you think "Oh no! I
> tripped!" in precisely these words?
> --
> Larisa Migachyov
> Quaternion Press Publishing House
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