Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton

Thoughts on thoughts

One of the concepts I got from Ted Chiang was the term of thoughts being "phonologically coded". This is the way I experience my own thoughts--I experience my thoughts as a voice in my head narrating my existence.

But giving this experience a name emphasizes that it's not universal.

How do y'all experience your thoughts?

There have been times when I've lost that voice in my head of continuous narration. Those are fuzzy times for me--it's hard to really remember those times, so much so that I more easily remember the moments afterward when I said, "Wow, I lost my internal voice for a moment there."
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