How do you think?

This is a discussion on How do you think? within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; I was talking with my wife about this some time ago. . . she says that she thinks via images. ...

  1. #1
    {Jaxom,Imriel,Liam}'s Dad Kennedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    1,065

    How do you think?

    I was talking with my wife about this some time ago. . . she says that she thinks via images. This is very odd to me as I cannot see images in my head at all. My thoughts are usually aranged in English sentances.

    I'm I all alone????

    What do you think? (sorry, couldn't resist)

  2. #2
    Insane Game Developer Nodtveidt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Isabela, PR
    Posts
    105
    Maybe it depends on the left-right balance of the brain? I think in three spoken languages, the various coding languages I know, and images.
    Code:
    cout << "Language comparisons are dumb";
    echo("Language comparisons are dumb");
    PRINT "Language comparisons are dumb"
    alert ("Language comparisons are dumb")

  3. #3
    Its hard... But im here swgh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    1,475
    At it's base, it must be about signals and messages send from your mind to a section of the brain. When you look at somthing that appeals to you, I rekon a message is sent to another part of your brain that has seen this vision before and operates that area. This is proberly completely wrong but hey, we can all have an input.

    Oh, and I think programmers think the most of all human beings!
    I'm just trying to be a better person - My Name Is Earl

  4. #4
    B26354 Deckard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    633
    I've never thought about it before. To be honest, I don't think of my thoughts as images or words. They're "just there". It's probably a linked list gone horribly wrong.

    I do know that when I'm sitting idle, I can jump through a different topic of thought every second or two. For example, I could be watching television when a Coca-Cola commercial comes on. It might cause me to think about blood sugar, which leads me to running/jogging, which leads me to think about some of the older homes I pass by on my normal running route, which makes me think of the 1940s, which brings me to World War II, now onto the Manhattan Project and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    The commercial hasn't finished yet as I look over to my wife and say "Boxcar".

    "What?"
    "Boxcar. The name of the plane that dropped the second atomic bomb."
    "Okay."
    "I think it flew in the first mission with the Enola Gay as the weather plane or something."
    "Whatever."

    As far as I know, I've always had this thought process of skipping around. It doesn't prevent me from focusing on things, but when I'm not paying attention to any particular topic, I really hop around.
    Jason Deckard

  5. #5
    Cat without Hat CornedBee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    8,893
    I only think in images when I particularly require images, when I'm imagining things or when I remember visuals.

    Otherwise I think in more or less complete sentences, in German (my native language), English or a mixture of both.
    All the buzzt!
    CornedBee

    "There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, any programming language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad code."
    - Flon's Law

  6. #6
    (?<!re)tired Mario F.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    7,459
    Bockscar. It bombed Nagasaki. But you couldn't have done it better Deckard. It's actually quiet extraordinary our mental capacity to establish relationships.

    We think by relationship. That's how we do it. Conversely is also quiet extraordinary our brain incapacity to retain details. Sometimes we may even seem to think we know those details. Both other memories and experiences may have thwart them slightly. (two friends talking about a camping experience last year may come up with different stories and none of them is lying).

    Retained details is what we fight harder to achieve. It can only be done through repetition and, again, by association. It's much easier to understand a formula when we are told how to apply it in the real world, for instance.

    This is bits and pieces of what I read some time ago on a book by the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

  7. #7
    The superhaterodyne twomers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    2,262
    Ye check out some psychometric tests online (I think that's what they're called) ... they should tell you how you think. It is psychometric, right?

  8. #8
    MFC killed my cat! manutd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Posts
    870
    I do both. I see images when trying to imagine something, but when doing something logical I think it through in English (or Spanish) sentences.
    Silence is better than unmeaning words.
    - Pythagoras
    My blog

  9. #9
    The superhaterodyne twomers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    2,262
    Course it depends on the situation for a lot of cases. I wonder how Dr. House thinks ... I think like him :P

  10. #10
    Registered User whiteflags's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    7,689
    Dr. House tries to explain every medical problem through simple metaphors. That's how he thinks professionally. I'm pretty sure the notion of pain and vicodin are on his mind the rest of the day.

    Also, it's never lupus.

  11. #11
    The superhaterodyne twomers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    2,262
    Why on earth would a body attempt to kill itself? I mean, GH knows better than that! It's gonna be a kid with leprosy and anthrax any time before lupus ... it's just far too improbable. So he uses pain to think? Interesting.

  12. #12
    (?<!re)tired Mario F.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    7,459
    > Why on earth would a body attempt to kill itself?

    Oxygen is in fact highly corrosive. Our survival was nature biggest mistake. Too late now.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

  13. #13
    The superhaterodyne twomers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    2,262
    >> Oxygen is in fact highly corrosive. Our survival was nature biggest mistake. Too late now.

    Haha. I'll make it my life's ambition to change that. Carbon Dioxide, anyone

  14. #14
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    125
    Interesting question.
    I believe thought is mostly a subconscious process. The words or images that you actually notice when thinking are just conclusions of the thought process that get stored in memory (or not) and can be used again as new input.
    Basically, the bigger the leaps between the words/images you think of as thoughts, the harder your line of reasoning is to explain to someone else, because the only way to convey your thoughts is to repeat those intermediate conclusions to someone else, who then also has to subconsciously verify whether you didn't make any errors inbetween the different conclusions. Additionally, having too many intermediate conclusions in one line of thought will make it harder to follow for someone else as well because he has to store every step in his/her memory.

    Maths, in a way, is a formalisation of the thought process because it explicitly states which steps between different intermediate conclusions are allowed and which are not. As humans, the subconscious thought steps we make are a result of experience (possible steps are dismissed when they produce the wrong results and get stored when they produce correct results; as a result steps that usually work but aren't necessarily always correct are stored as possible steps in our brain allowing for incorrect reasoning) and differ from person to person.

    At least that's the way I view thought.

    Anyway, when I think it's also mostly complete sentences in my head, mostly in Dutch, sometimes in English (particularly when thinking about technical subjects).
    Last edited by Boksha; 01-13-2007 at 12:09 PM.
    Typing stuff in Code::Blocks 8.02, compiling stuff with MinGW 3.4.5.

  15. #15
    Ethernal Noob
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    1,901
    I've noticed that sometimes when trying to explain myself it just snaps in. Sometimes in my mind when I speak to myself I kind of abridge large ideas into a single atomic "know" and say "I know what I mean". It's really different from speaking my thoughts because I know what I know, I just can't say it, and I don't spend a lot of time knowing it, I just do.

    THE BRAIN'S A MOLECULE, MAN!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21