One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mentalese and the Language of Thought

More "uncertainty" re Thought precedes Language or vice versa.

The two sides:
Some philosophers have argued that our public language is our mental language, that a person who speaks English thinks in English. Others contend that people who do not know a public language (e.g. babies, aphasics) can think, and that therefore some form of mentalese must be present innately.
[From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_of_thought ]

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From the previously cited "Children think before they speak" by Paul Bloom:


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