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Okay, I think I got most of that. But I thought of something else:I don't think language at all affects your ability to think critically. I think it's just translating the impulsive ideas that we get into a language. Consider this- Think in your mind the follow words: "The man will go to the store." In the back of your mind while you "say" this sentence, your thinking, but it's not in language. The thoughts, if actually translated, would be like "Why is this guy making me say this", or your picturing the key words in the sentence, and all the while simultaneously forming opinions about what your reading, me (the writer), and maybe other ideas that you come up with. These secondary thoughts don't need to be translated because you "know" them. The point of saying the sentence was to make you "speak" in your mind, and realize that thinking was still going on in the background that you "know" these thoughts and don't need to translate them. I don't know, that might seem really obvious or it might not make any sense at all, but I believe all thoughts arise as these impulses and that the language aspect of your thoughts cannot influence these influences, it's merely the translation of them for the purpose of communication.On a separate note, do you know what I mean by the "impulsive" ideas? If so, how does this correlate to your brain. Where/what is your consciousness? How can we think, how do nerves and brains and stuff translate to thoughts? Where's the transition from physical to mental?! Lol, sorry for yelling.EDIT: Try repeating the sentence, and at the same time think about thinking. I don't know, it's hard to explain what I mean.
I agree with what BC said in that other thread: we think in terms of concepts and not in terms of words.
Quote from: LeeE on 31/07/2010 10:46:15I agree with what BC said in that other thread: we think in terms of concepts and not in terms of words.yep..that's what I fundamentally believe in....I've been saying that ' language' can be used as a supplement as an aid.
Fine idea, but it reminds me of this cartoon.http://site.ecfs.org/bass/How do you test for intuitive leaps?
How do you test for intuitive leaps?