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Description or depiction? Part 1

Here introduce the possibility that images may in fact be captured in some kind of language-like system

So, if we have concerns over the picture-like nature of our mental images, what else might be going on? Here Rob opens up the possibility that some sort of language-like system might be key.

Given that, for some, the impression is very much like viewing an internal picture, here we broach the possibility that, fundamentally, knowledge is stored in a language-like format – fundamentally it is description rather than depiction that is key.

To those highly adept visual thinkers, this may come across as being highly implausible. But given that some never reported ‘consulting mental images’ – remember aphantasics – we should be cautious in claiming that mental imagery plays a necessary role in reasoning! What do you think?

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