Let’s take a break from politics for a moment and look at a recent story dealing with human consciousness and the way our brains tend to operate. CBS New York published a report last week about a blogger named Ryan Langdon who stumbled upon a question that blew his mind, figuratively speaking. He mentioned to one of his friends that he constantly has an “inner monologue” going on in his head, but his friend was completely confounded by the idea. She said that she never had words, sentences or stories playing out in her head and really only “saw” things internally as pictures or images. This apparently freaked out Langdon, who went on social media to seek other opinions and even took a poll among his friends. The results were surprising.
“Some people’s thoughts are like sentences they ‘hear,’ and some people just have abstract non-verbal thoughts, and have to consciously verbalize them… And most people aren’t aware of the other type of person,” Ryan Langdon tweeted Monday.
He later wrote a blog post, saying “All my life I could hear my voice in my head and speak in full sentences,” but not everyone thinks that way.
Langdon found one friend described her thoughts as “concept maps” she sees in her brain.
You can read Langon’s blog post on the subject here. He seems to have been so shocked to realize that not everyone’s brain worked the same as his that it “ruined his day.”