October 10, 2011

Thinking about thinking

Yesterday I accidentally discovered something: I think in written language.  As I thought about it more, I found out that I also think in visuals.  Unsurprisingly, most of my learnings have come from reading, writing, and watching movies.  Listening to teachers’ lectures has been effective learning for me only in exceptional cases.  That’s also why I cannot listen to podcasts, no matter how hard I try.  It could also be the reason why I don’t usually win oral arguments.  Talking doesn’t stimulate my thinking enough to come up with good points for arguing.

A few things I am wondering about:
  • Thinking is not just talking to oneself.  It can also be reading an imaginary book... or watching an imaginary movie.
  • What are the other ways people think?  (Please leave a comment if you have any insight into this.)
  • How and when did I acquire these thinking methods?  How did I think before I could read and write?  As a kid I must have thought a lot more than I do now.

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