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    Re: Do you think grammar organizes thoughts?

    However, once we have acquired language, can we truly think without it? We can see dogs, crows, etc, solving problems without language, but can we?

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    #12

    Re: Do you think grammar organizes thoughts?

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    We can see dogs, crows, etc, solving problems without language
    Can we be certain that canine and corvine minds don't use a mental 'language'?

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    Re: Do you think grammar organizes thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    However, once we have acquired language, can we truly think without it?
    As a practical matter we generally don't, any more than a carpenter would set about framing a house without power tools. Language is just too useful.

    But I think there are categories of problems that do not require language, at least in the first instance. Mathematical intuition and insight are a good example. We need some language to communicate such insights to others, but not to have them in the first place. In another field entirely, the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain teaches how to temporarily shut down our language faculty in order to see and draw as an artist does. Then there is composing music. Or chess and go. One could go on I think.

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