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Originally posted by Josonic
Every now and again I try to imagine how humans thought before language. All my thoughts appear to be in terms of words, that is, I use language to do all my thinking. If I read something on ATS that I believe is complete trash, I literally internally think 'that is complete trash'. Sometimes I try to think without using words, but I've never succeeded.
I do understand that most thoughts, especially in non-humans, are emotional and instinctual, and that is somewhat slightly easier for me to understand and imagine. What really stumps me is logic. Clearly primitive humans had the ability to think logically, we had the ability to learn things without being taught. We made tools, including language, we thought of the future, and we even contemplated our own existence.
Does anyone else think about this? Or does anyone else try to put themselves in primitive human's shoes (or lack thereof) and imagine how they thought?