Re: Do you think in language?

Kenneth B. Cadby (
12 Apr 1995 01:07:34 -0700

Thinking has emtional content too, eh? Words are often attached to my
feelings, but if I wanted to find out where thought can happen without
words, I'd look at emotions. Sex works fine without words, IMHO.

Meanwhile, I think of language in a human brain as something like a
programming language on a computer. The computer can do a heck of a lot
more processing when it's good syntax, semantics, etc. In fact, I'd go so
far as to speculate that language is a pretty unnatural thing for a human
brain to be bound to. Sure, there are 'language centers' in the brain, but
I'll bet Mother Nature didn't have even the slightest notion of what (for
example) the word 'relativity' really meant until she grew an Einstein.

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