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Re: OT: What is your qualia of consciousness / thought? (WAS: does conlanging change your sense of reality?)

From:Amanda Babcock Furrow <langs@...>
Date:Friday, April 3, 2009, 18:57
On Fri, Apr 03, 2009 at 09:59:02AM -0700, Sai Emrys wrote:

> IME talking with people, there are several different kinds of > perceptions of what it is *like* to think or just to be conscious.
I find that my stream of consciousness seems to be very verbal at this point, but I believe I used to have much more non-verbalized thought, some of it pre-verbal and some of it visual. (As to why it changed, I hope it is not just an effect of my getting older; it might be because I used to have multiple hours per day in math and applied math (i.e. physics) classes, and no longer do; or it might be because I am chronicly sleep-deprived.) Sometimes when I'm tired I receive very slow (and strange) non-verbal thoughts which I believe are coming from my right brain when it tries to do left-brain things. It seems very pleased when it works out in a minute something that my left brain, if it were engaged, would get in a second or two. (Reading "My Stroke of Insight" has reinforced my interpretation that this is what is going on.) I used to be able to maintain a verbal input stream (reading a book) while simultaneously working on a visual problem (playing with a system of pulleys in my mind, for example), and not even realize the two streams were going on until the pulley-stream got stuck and asked for help, interrupting my reading. Thanks for an interesting question, Sai! Amanda


Sai Emrys <saizai@...>