Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 10:45:31 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: Re: non-linguistic thinking > 1. I don't think you can say that "English is a system of abstract reasoning." > You might be able to say, perhaps contrastively, that culture furnishes its > members a system of abstract reasoning. But it would be hard to claim > that all of culture was in the language, even if you included all the > rules of use for the language in the culture. > > 2. What can be said of the question "How do you think of abstracts, or > think abstractly?" I take this as an epistemological problem, as I > take this whole thread. My answer is I don't know. I became a behaviorist > so that this answer would be part of the catechism, that is, it is a > proper answer to a kind of question. Insofar as a given language may or > may not furnish a vocabulary item for a particular abstraction does not > recommend that I have that abstraction in my thinking or what I "code it" > (a metaphor) in the form language may have [*that* I "code it"]. > I don't know. If you do know, how? > > Ron Rabin Thank you, Ron. Your post (above) is the most interesting one I've seen here in quite some time. A friend of mine was translating Western ideas into Korean. When he came to a bit about feelings, as opposed to logical thought, he was stumped. He told me they have no word for it. Therefore, as far as he could discern, it was not a part of their shared awareness. I believe that by having that word, our ability to understand its abstract meaning is greater. Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]