posted on May, 12 2006 @ 05:53 PM
Language is built upon the senses we most use.
For dogs, it is smell. Their scent is their name, their mood, their very state of being. They can hear sounds really well, but their thought is based
is their sense of smell.
The human brain is our most advanced feature, our capacity for logical thought, rationalization, and creativity will allow nearly any sense of ours to
take over the job of interpreting the world.
I expect that someone who was born deaf and blind would use scent first, as it does not require contact, then it would use touch second. They would
most likely have a far improved sense of taste, but obviously would use their nose more often than their tongue to interpret the world.
Thus, they would still have a concept of a lemon every bit as much as someone with sight and hearing would have a concept of a lemon. But words don't
really exist, so it would be limited to concepts and abstract thought. The mind, left with nothing more to analyze than scent, taste, and touch, could
more accurately conceive of what a lemon is truly like in terms of taste, smell, or touch, than someone with sight and/or hearing, but would lack the
capacity to relay it to someone who had not developed that level of refinement in that one sense, even with telepathy or some other method of
"clear" communication with one so impaired. In the same token, one with sight hearing could understand a lemon on a level the blind and deaf person
I'm not sure if that made sense, it's friday, after work, and I'm a bit impaired myself at the moment...
[edit on 5/12/2006 by thelibra]