Thinking

When we think, we manipulate symbols and images in our heads.

We program our brains and then use the programs.

A program might be how to catch a ball,
    or how to locate water,
       not necessarily something abstract like adding two numbers.

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Programming our brain is called thinking.

Language is not thought. Thought is more basic.

It is probably built of elementary symbols or images,
    starting with external objects or actions:

        mamma, daddy, yes, no, drink, eat, run, stop, hot, hurt,   . . .

Then symbols are combined, leading to phrases in language.:

 But, before thinking in sentences, we visualize:

   We visualize catching and throwing a ball, for example - without saying it.

   Is it after an experience that we attempt to encode it into symbols or words?

      It was after touching the stove that I learned the word hot!


 . . . more coming . . . 


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