Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

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Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Post by Eodnhoj7 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:10 pm

lesley_vos wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:41 am
I think many of us watched Arrival movie: the linguist is hired to interpret aliens' language for us people to understand their thoughts and intentions. They (aliens) don't think with language space-time concepts, which is beyond human brain's understanding. Yes, they (aliens) express these thoughts with a kinda language (circular symbols), but these symbols can't be called "letters"...

What I am trying to say, people simply can't think and communicate without a language today. Though, the concept itself has a place to be :)
That was a good movie with a great soundtrack.

The interesting point about the language within that movie was its emphasis on holism. Concepts cannot be defined on their own terms without be viewed as extensions of a "whole". They (the aliens) observed this holism through an inherent circular structure as a constant within all their symbols. The variations occurred with the different "ink blots" being placed at different intervals within the circle.

The majority of their language, it appeared, was based structurally around the movement of time and it appeared, at least to me, what they understood of a triadic "past/present/future" tense was summed up in a different manner than what we would interpret time as currently. Instead of time, it seemed that they emphasized concepts strictly as spatial curvature or rather these concepts manifested each other as ever present within space as space. Time was not a boundary this language observed.

The problem occurs, as the language being susceptible to time, had a constant nature where the terms corresponded to an existence which cannot be temporal in nature. In simple terms, because the language was not subject to time it lacked an approximate nature where "if the concept is spoken, it must inherently actualized". Time, through approximation, allows a certain degree of "freedom" paradoxically and considering these languages had no time value "if symbolized it must be actualized".

The reason I state this is that the aliens already knew their future and they used language as a means to bridge it through a relation with humanity. The language acted as a foundation for a percieved future, and because of it lack the approximate nature of time constraints.

The question occurs as to whether they actualized the percieved future, through the language, or was the language a means to bring order to a future appearing chaotic on its own terms? The most likely situation was both, in which the aliens observed language as a structure which not only formed reality but maintained a form of stability against chaos or the void.

In these respects, the aliens synthesized their survival through a culture of language.

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Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Post by Wyman » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:17 pm

lesley_vos wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:30 am
Wyman wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:24 pm
I think that we do not define all symbolism as language. True, we cannot think without symbolizing, but that is not necessarily language.
You need a word to determine that symbol. "Symbolism" itself is a language (lexical) pattern :)
Were arguing over the definition of language and how broad it is. I think that to make the concept meaningful, you have to draw the line somewhere short of 'all symbolism is language.' But if that'a how you define language - that it includes all symbolism - then you're right, but it's a trivial matter.

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Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Post by gaffo » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:00 am

Hegel wrote:
Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:17 am

is the languages a thinking tool or a Communication tool ?
the latter.

As a small illiterate kid of 4-5 I thought fine.

all without words.


could not communicate those thoughts to others to well..............verbally of course................but verbal language is the same in nature as written.

a mode of communication - a tool.

not a the means of thinking.

thinking needs no language.

though without language one is an isolated island.

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Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Post by attofishpi » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:41 pm

Hegel wrote:
Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:17 am
Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Do animals think?

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Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Post by Trajk Logik » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:58 pm

This is a story about a deaf man that never learned any language, including sign language, until he was 27. If he wasn't able to think prior to learning a language, then how did he feed, dress, and take care of himself?

How can we learn a language at all if we don't think prior to learning it?

Language is simply visual scribbles and sounds in the air. We must be able to see and hear and to be able to organize our thoughts in order to make any sense of, and to be able to distinguish between, different visuals and sounds.

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