I dunno, but it seems that this thread assumes that all thought processes are equated to that little voice you think you hear inside your head. I recall reading that Einstein did not begin talking until the age of four and it was suggested that his appearent disability contributed to his abstract thinking ability as demonstrated by his thought experiments he used to formulate his theories.
I can identify several abstract, non-verbal thought processes in my own head that either work better or worse than other peoples. For example,
[li] I could never win a spelling bee because I can not spell even simple words without writing them down where I can see them. [/li][li]I could never figure out how the parts of a mechanical thing fits together unless I take the thing apart myself. [/li][li]Don’t waste your time describing something to me, I just can’t picture it. [/li][li]On the plus side, I seem better than most of my geek peers when it comes to doing real-time software. For some reason I can better conceptualize how asynchronous code should work. [/li][/ul]
Einstein’s verbal skills might of been lacking but no one would question his intelligence. I’m not the brightest bulb but I’m not a dummy either. Intelligence should not be operationally defined by how fast one can add up a set of 4 digit numbers or picking out the next abstract shape in series or your skill at debating an issue. It should be seen as a measure of adaptability, especially to change.
The folks who created the very notion of intelligence tests were biased by their orientation towards verbal thinking. I strongly suspect that the little voice I hear talking in my head is really just an illusion. It’s created as an accidental by-product of the neurons firing in that multi-processor computer with the 10 billion single bit CPUs that I carry around in my thick skull.
I try my best to ignore that voice.
BTW - Have you ever noticed how sometimes you can actually do some activities better when you turn off or ignore that little critter you hear in your head? For me. my best software gets written when I let my fingers do the work. I sorta just sit back and watch the process. The code seems to write itself. This only seems to occur when I’m in the debug loop. I focus on the bugs while my fingers hack out the solutions. I know that may sound weird but thats how it seems to me. What’s weirder is that when go back and look at the code, it seems almost unfamilar, like it was written by someone else. Ya know how athletes talk about being “in the Zone”? I guess it’s sorta like that. Just curious if anybody else has other examples of this phenomenon