If you could read peoples minds would you hear other languages?

After watching “Heroes” last night I was struck with a thought because of some of the characters on the show… One of the characters can read minds. Two of the other characters on the show are Spanish. They have not yet come across each other, but my thought was… when he tries to read their minds will he be able to understand? Will their thoughts be in Spanish? Or are thoughts simply concepts without words associated to them. I think we use words when we think… at least I believe I do.

What do you think?

5 responses to “If you could read peoples minds would you hear other languages?”

  1. Mopper

    Since yesterday I’ve been trying to pay attention to my “chattering monkey mind”(old Buddhist term I guess) and I only seem to use snippets of sentences and images, unless I’m writing or reading. If someone could “read” my mind it would be like a really weird movie. I think “mind reading” is more picking up images and emotions so i don’t think language would play a big part.
    Well, that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

  2. Billy

    I knew Mom was going to write that. I read it in her monkey brain. :-)

  3. Mopper

    Oh yeah? Tryin’ to pull the old “brain/mind switcheroo” eh? Well……….


    Take that!!

  4. admin

    (Snipped taken from Portal:Mind_and_Brain)”Hilary Whitehall Putnam (born July 31, 1926) has been a central figure in Western philosophy since the 1960s, especially in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science.[1] He is known for his willingness to apply an equal degree of scrutiny to his own philosophical positions and those of others, subjecting each position to rigorous analysis until he exposes its flaws.[2] As a result, he has acquired a reputation for frequently changing his own position.”

    So.. does that mean you are changing your mind then?

  5. Mopper

    Not really. It just means that my mind (not my brain) is filled with all kinds of totally irrelevant stuff (like that snippet) and anybody who goes there travels at their own risk. It’s a BIG WIKIPEDIA in there!! And it’s real easy to get lost!
    And does the mind exist only in the brain or is it in the rest of us too?

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