how did people think before languages
DO YOU KNOW HOW THIS IS MY LIFE?! Have you ever heard of a linguistics and logic philosopher called Wittgenstein? He was SUCH a bro. he outlined some axioms in his treatise Tractatus that talk about this exact logical problem.
Like: If factual propostitions have to have a precise sense which is pictoral, and that sense is created by the connection of the word with it’s instantiation of a ‘real’ object in the world, how can we think and speak about something like a unicorn? (because there is no observable object in the world that is a unicorn) IE, how can we speak about something when it does not exist?
It’s actually fantastically simple: we build up the sense of an unknown object by breaking it down into real and instantiable elements. IE: Unicorn = horse + horn
This may seem fucking random but this means that the more we come up with new things the more it is possible for us to create. Ie, once we have a unicorn, we can plus that with a bird to get a pegasus! (or some such shit, imagine I’m talking about scientific inventions here okay)