Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 15:33:12 -0500 From: Ronald Butters Subject: Re: Language and Intelligence Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 10:52:16 MST From: Tom Uharriet To: Ronald Butters Subject: Re: Language and Intelligence On 6 Dec 1995 Tom Unharriet wrote: >On 6 Dec 1995 Ron Butters wrote: >> Music strikes me as thought--but not language. If you can whistle a tune >> you can think without language. Just pucker up your lips and blow. >But who has lived long enough to know how to whistle without also, at >times, thinking in language? My mind can do many things without >language (e.g. tell the heart to pump). But that does not mean that >I do not also think in language. Find someone who has aquired a >language without ever thinking in one. I guess I didn't undestand the question. I thought the question was, "Is thought without language possible?" My answer: sure--take music, for example. This is different from the question, "Is language possible without thought," which seems to have only one obvious (and therefore not very interesting) answer (yours). By the way, music is rather more complicated than the "mind" "tell[ing] the heart to pump." Music is complex, rule-governed, volitional, and need not necessarily have physical expression. Like language. But not language.