A Guide to Intuition for Idioms
Asked on Quora: Sometimes when I think I get what I can only describe as ‘blocks of insight’ that aren’t words or emotions. It feels like an intuitive set of information that I understand but can’t quite articulate as words. Is this something any of you experience?
Dear Intuitive, You are absolutely correct about a pre-language cognition and there are numerous books, theories and studies dedicated to what you describe. There is of course conflicting theories in how thought precedes language, yet language influences thought. It is difficult to think on any subject without pictures or picture words. One amazing book you might enjoy is: The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: Steven Pinker
Language..words themselves are symbols of thought. Much insight and scientific discovery have emerged from this primal ability we have to conceive before we can translate. The process of language development and cognition seem to intersect, even evolve together. The brain hemispheres themselves communicate in ways that psychologists, linguists and scientists have written volumes on. Happy Reading! Language and the Brain