Somewhere in my past posts I asked the rhetorical question, “Now that you have learned a language, can you still think without it?” Yesterday, at lunch with a friend, he made the boldfaced statement that science has proven humans cannot think without language! My initial reply was, “What a giant load of bullshit.”
Since then I have ruminated upon the implications in his statement, both for him and for anyone else that swallows such horse twaddle. Could such ideas actually cut believers off from thinking anything outside the tautology of their cultural communication medium just because they can no longer recognize ideas lacking the hard edged definitions of language? Does free, creative thinking cease to exist for them? It would seem that anyone who would espouse such notions must surely have abdicated their ability to think outside the box to allow blind faith in anything the new religion of science farts to take absolute authority over all speculative ideation.
The shortsightedness of claiming language’s total responsibility for the birth and life of thoughts combined with his impossible, tautological challenge to prove that I can think without words has him convinced of his righteousness, despite my multiple examples of painters, improvisational musicians, preverbal babies and everyone’s occasional inability to express themselves to the contrary. The threshold between thought and action (in this case verbalization) of which I have previously posted has been totally ignored in this case resulting only in dialogue uttered around a permanently inserted foot in ones mouth. Confusion of thinking with its mode of communication seems able to induce a sort of schizophrenia whereby one may treat ones own creative thinking as xenophobically alien as a foreign-tongued stranger with whom one has yet to converse. Ah, well — folks sell their better self out in the desire to conform every day - as the music of naturally serendipitous brownian movement characteristic of human thought begins to assume the rote drum beat sound of boot camp platoons marching on the parade ground at graduation day.
Ignoring the existence of preverbal thought is like not noticing human beings until they graduate from a military academy. Maybe.