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Single Idea 17767

[catalogued under 18. Thought / B. Mechanics of Thought / 4. Language of Thought]

Full Idea

One could think that the structure of thought has more in common with that of maps or diagrams, and is not particularly language-like.

Gist of Idea

The alternative to a language of thought is map-like or diagram-like thought


Tim Bayne (Thought: a very short introduction [2013], Ch.2)

Book Reference

Bayne,Tim: 'Thought: a very short introduction' [OUP 2013], p.23

A Reaction

It seems unwise to be ensnared by analogies on this one, since the phenomenon is buried deep. You can no more infer what goes on underneath than you can infer electrons from looking at trees?