Poll: How would you think?
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Pictures?
45 51%
Instinct/other
44 49%
Voters: 89.
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#3
You'd probably just think in pictures. I've always wondered about this to...lets see if we get a scientific explanation.
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#4
Yeah, I have wondered before how babies think when they can't speak yet....I can't remember back then.
#5
I think in logic/logic patterns and language, so I'd be thinking in terms of logic I guess as I've never been a visual thinker at all. The first time I found out that some people think in terms of pictures it confused the hell out of me.
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#9
i wonder this often.. i have no clue
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#10
Probably the same way we think as babies. Unfortunately, we don't remember that, and no one with no knowledge of any language would be able to describe it to us because they cannot speak. But I would guess it would be a mix of both.
#14
I think we need language in order to have advanced thoughts.

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#15
Pictures. You can think about something without having a "narration" in your head.
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I think we need language in order to have advanced thoughts.


I'd rather say we need language in order to have abstract thoughts.
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#18
I tend to think in terms of female anatomy so pictures I guess......BEWBIES........drools
#19
I'd say we'd be able to do think about our basic needs and have some level of knowledge of social interaction, but we wouldn't be able to grasp more complex/abstract ideas.
#20
Not at all. Well, that's being a bit pedantic - without a formal language, you would likely think in terms of pictures or symbols that signify something to you. This is a kind of language.

I wouldn't be the first person to suggest that advancements in language (becoming more complex and versatile) are linked to advancements in thought (meaning new ideas in science and medicine, for example) - i.e, without a versatile and complex language to think in and communicate with others in, you are severly limited in terms of complexity of thoughts and ideas, and obviously in your ability to communicate them.

Basically what I'm saying is:

No Language - No thought, you would function on instinct and emotion.
Simple Language - Simple thought.
Complex Language - Complex thought.
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I'd rather say we need language in order to have abstract thoughts.



I'd say both.


I believe Language is conciousness(SP?). We are all tooth and claw without it, IMO.

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#26
I'm almost certain people would kill themselves if they were as self-conscious as they are yet could not express themselves verbally. Assuming what troublecat said turned out not to be true, and we still held the same level of complexity in our thoughts, it would drive most people insane.
#27
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I think we need language in order to have advanced thoughts.


This is something I've considered
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#29
Language is a human instinct. If a human is deprived from language in the surrounding world, phychologists have proven that they will create their own language, complete the with syntax and complexities of our languages. Thought gives birth to language, not the other way around.
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#30
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Language is a human instinct. If a human is deprived from language in the surrounding world, phychologists have proven that they will create their own language, complete the with syntax and complexities of our languages. Thought gives birth to language, not the other way around.

I don't believe it has been proven, although attempts have been made.

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#32
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Both.

You'd obviously think in pictures, but you'd have to think in feelings too.

Why obviously? I was 16 or 17 when I discovered that other people thought in pictures and it confused me. I could imagine things visually yet I never actively thing in pictures. I never took up thinking to mean with pictures, they seemed almost distinct to me.
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#33
You'd use both. You may be unable to communicate, but you could still think, feel, react and relate. There'd just be no recognisable embodiment of the thought/reaction, etc.
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#35
I've always wondered how a deaf person thinks if they don't know words, I knew a kid who was deaf but got some hearing things done when he was like 9 but i was to scared to ask.
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#36
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I think in logic/logic patterns and language, so I'd be thinking in terms of logic I guess as I've never been a visual thinker at all. The first time I found out that some people think in terms of pictures it confused the hell out of me.
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#37
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Language is a human instinct. If a human is deprived from language in the surrounding world, phychologists have proven that they will create their own language, complete the with syntax and complexities of our languages. Thought gives birth to language, not the other way around.

Genie didn't. The Czech twins only ever created an incredibly basic system of gestures and grunts.
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#38
I wouldn't think we would be able to.
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