2) What is the relationship between thoughts, pictures and language?

Consider these two statements:

“You can’t have a thought without using language.”
“All perceptual systems (images and pictures) are already languages in their own right.”

Thoughts, pictures and language can be understood as being interchangeable. They are types of referral systems for things (persons, places, objects, situations, concepts) in the real world. They act like sign posts, where a thought or a picture of the thing, or a word for a thing, stands for the actual thing but is not the thing itself. In this sense, in terms of identity, I am not my label; I am not “Dan” and I am not even “I”. When you think about it, you call yourself “I” too. Only in context do we understand who the “I” refers to.

 

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