What we call thinking may exclusively be visualising.
In making a decision, it could be understood that we habitually attempt to visualise each theoretical (imaginary) scenario, and make a decision based on our emotional reaction.
In performing arithmetic, and multiplication, a process of visualising dots and removing them is undertaken, possibly with a limit of twelve or so, and the rest is done by remembering the pictograms which are the symbols of numbers.
Letters may be seen to be small pictures, and our process of making them into words (which also create more pictures), is done by a very quick processing of imagery.
This obviously, therefore, has something to do with auditory perception (connected with speech) (ears and throat being more connected than eyes and ears).
Our thinking probably has its impetus from dreams (which are strongly visual) which may go on beneath the surface at all times, outside of our normal waking consciousness.
Thinking would therefore be a constant stream of images, unfolding out of one another, controlled by whichever impetus forms the will of the present being.
It is arguable that when one is asked to ‘think’ of one’s Grandfather, one will imagine his face etc. If one is asked to ‘think’ of a certain country, one will begin to process (imagine) a series of images.
If one is worried about future possible scenarios, or about regretful past scenarios, one is in actual fact, imagining and visualising, comparing real or imagined ones, and nothing more, it would seem.
If one is engaged in working out a complex set of possibilities for a business venture, each outcome, whether merging with another company, employing new staff, updating the company logo, getting new advertising, borrowing money and imagining its expenditure, all can be seen to be nothing more than compared acts of visualisation.
Perhaps we need to stop thinking of the word ‘thinking’ as having something to do with words and numerical symbols in outerspace, and and begin to blur again the lines between words, numbers and pictures.
Perhaps Descartes should have said ‘I ‘see’ (with the ‘mind’s eye) therefore I am’
All words may also be seen to be conceivable visually, the word ‘the’ to an arrow, for example; ‘difference’ as two ‘different’ objects.
People are not thinking, they are imagining.
Copyright, Edward Mirza, 2016