Sunday, April 19, 2020

Awareness and Language

Is anyone aware that he was ever sensorily aware of anything for which he does not have the words to describe? The answer to this question is: such awareness is not possible. A man cannot be aware of being aware in the past of seeing, hearing, feeling, thinking, or imagining anything which he cannot describe to himself in words. Man’s capacity for being aware of past awarenesses, or his capacity to consciously recollect the past experiences, is dependent on his ability to use language. A creature without language will not possess the ability of being aware of past sensory awarenesses.

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