Babies: Some Random Thoughts

When you think, you usually think in words. For example, if you are planning to eat pasta for breakfast tomorrow morning, you would think, Hey, you know what? I think I’m going to be crazy and eat pasta for breakfast tomorrow morning.

Personally, I prefer breakfast foods for dinner over dinner foods for breakfast, but that’s getting off topic. The main point is that those thoughts were in English, or whatever other languages you think in for our bilingual nonexistent friends.

Babies cannot speak, it’s one of the things that make them babies. But before they learn to speak, or even before they learn to recognize language, how do babies form thoughts? It wouldn’t be in words, as they don’t know any words. Would they think in colors? Images perhaps? Sounds? Sensations?

Well, they must think somehow. Babies may not be able to do math, but they aren’t daft. They certainly can communicate in their own way. But if they do think in images, let’s say, then how do these images come about? How do they identify the images without words? Language is such an important part of our lives, it’s hard to imagine what it was like before we knew any.

Everyone was a baby at some point or another, therefore everyone had the ability to think without words at some point in their lives. So do we still have this skill? Can we imagine an object in our minds and not give it a name?

And what would a baby even think about? It would certainly be different from what an adult thinks about as babies don’t have to worry about taxes quite yet.

16 thoughts on “Babies: Some Random Thoughts

  1. Well, I do believe I still a baby till today according your text because I can hear and speak with trees. Yes, I’m crazy to the human herd. I do believe in some high level of intelligence in trees. We don’t need words to communicate with nature and it’s good because if the trees could speak with us I bet that we should hear hard words coming from that side. Yea, I’m same kind of pagan. I don’t like and I don’t believe in humankind. They are evil and hypocritical beings most of them. Always looking for some sort of interest, money, stupid conversations. Oh boy… I lost myself in this comment. OK. I do like baby talkings. I can have great moments and conversations with them. My son taught me how to speak the “baby language”. I know the “MTA Subway language” too. I think now I’m a multilingual dude. A biligual guy is someone who speaks fluently two languages and one folk that speaks only one language is an American. That’s it.

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    1. Yes, people are generally mean. I’m sure trees are disappointed in us. I’ve spoken to trees before. But only one special tree and it was only mentally. But most of the trees where I live are evergreen, so you can’t really get close enough to them. I really like weeping willows, but there aren’t many around.
      I haven’t mastered baby talk. I’m usually clueless as to what it is that babies want.

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      1. You know, I kinda love you and your writings in a deeply “wordPressly” way. I’m almost tempted to ask you to marry me literarily but I’m too old, fat, bald and always scratching my butt and balls in public. My lovely wife and my beautiful son will softly kill me after my announcement of a new life. In my wife family there is no divorced women. There are only widows. 😀
        Kind wish.

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