The Splintered Mind: Inner Speech

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Echoes of Inner Speech (December 5, 2007)

Thoughts That Linger (July 10, 2006)

Inner Speech and Motor Imagery (July 5, 2006)

Inner Speech vs. Inner Hearing? Inner Sketching vs. Inner Seeing? (June 28, 2006)

The Pace of Inner Speech (June 23, 2006)

Is Inner Speech an Action? (June 19, 2006)

Do We Think in Inner Speech? (June 14, 2006)


At November 15, 2006 at 6:35 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Hi Eric,

Inner speech is a v. interesting & important area.

A couple of points - inner thought varies from near inarticulate to full-blown dialogue, as in daydreams. When you speak in your mind to your loved one/ boss or whichever other intimate, you do it in fully articulate dialogue, right?

It is absurd to consider this whole area without referring to & studying the dramatic arts (novels, movies, plays) - they've been rendering inner speech and thought for hundreds of years, blithely ignored by philosophy & science. They're the relative experts so far.

Making inarticulate thought articulate is often crucial to thinking about, or solving, problems effectively. We often, so to speak, "mumble" our thoughts in our head - and can't really consider them until they are articulated. I believe this is an established point in the area of thinking skills.

How are you relating your studies to the latest brain-machine interface technology? It's a fairly safe bet that we'll be reading minds in the not too distant future.

At December 5, 2007 at 8:09 AM, Blogger Eric Schwitzgebel said...

Thanks, Michael, for the interesting comment! I wonder if we will eventually get to the point of being able to discern someone's inner speech through brain-imaging technology.

I agree that dramatists and novelists have some interesting things to say here -- but as with visual artists' contribution to the study of visual experience, I do think their reflections are apt to be partly shaped and distorted by the necessities of the medium....


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