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    May 5, 2007, 06:55 AM
    Language vs Intelligence
    Hello:

    In the days before language, how did we think? Did we form pictures in our heads? Were we as smart as we are now?

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    May 5, 2007, 07:03 AM
    We may have been smarter in many ways. Not all progress is good.
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    May 5, 2007, 03:20 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by excon
    Hello:

    In the days before language, how did we think? Did we form pictures in our heads? Were we as smart as we are now?

    excon
    Chinese " characters" are pictures
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    May 5, 2007, 04:30 PM
    We weren't alive in the days before language. How the people thought who did live then is anybody's guess. I suppose anthropologists may spend a lot of time trying to answer that question. Maybe one will weigh in here.
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    May 5, 2007, 07:12 PM
    I think educated and smart are two different things.

    My best friend in High School was Salutorian and got a scholarship to LSU, but I declare that girl didn't have the sense to come in out of the rain.

    It is my understanding that people that are deaf think in pictures and blind people think in touch. I would think that a people without a spoken language would think in similar ways, don't you?
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    May 17, 2007, 08:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by excon
    Hello:

    In the days before language, how did we think? Did we form pictures in our heads? Were we as smart as we are now?

    excon
    There is strong evidence (in the form of cave paintings-and in the development of tools by early humans) that suggests pictorial understanding of concepts, closely followed by practical examples of "meaning".

    Short answer-yes-pictures are probably the easiest way of conveying information.

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    Sep 15, 2007, 05:52 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Emland
    It is my understanding that people that are deaf think in pictures and blind people think in touch. I would think that a people without a spoken language would think in similar ways, don't you?
    Do you think that they are deaf to think in pictures.. or without a common spoken language? I have been pondering this... And, without a spoken language, similar forms of communication have taken shape.

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