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Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

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Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world. What would our thoughts be like without it?
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" (...) while it appears that we can indeed think without language, it is also the case that there are certain kinds of thinking that are made possible by language. Language gives us symbols we can use to fix ideas, reflect on them and hold them up for observation. It allows for a level of abstract reasoning we wouldn't have otherwise. The philosopher Peter Carruthers has argued that there is a type of inner, explicitly linguistic thinking that allows us to bring our own thoughts into conscious awareness. We may be able to think without language, but language lets us know that we are thinking".

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Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

Steven Pinker - Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University 

How did humans acquire language? In this lecture, best-selling author Steven Pinker introduces you to linguistics, the evolution of spoken language, and the debate over the existence of an innate universal grammar. He also explores why language is such a fundamental part of social relationships, human biology, and human evolution. Finally, Pinker touches on the wide variety of applications for linguistics, from improving how we teach reading and writing to how we interpret law, politics, and literature.

The Floating University
Originally released September, 2011.

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12 Most Self-Defeating Phrases to Toss Out, For Good

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Becky Gaylord helps us all stop and center ourselves with the 12 Most Self-Defeating Phrases to Toss Out, For Good.

 

Self-talk is mighty powerful. What are the traps your inner voice sets? How do you avoid them? It might be by using positive narratives. That’s what I try to do.

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