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GUYS! guuuuys! we have a life-or-death question over here!

if you were able to read other people's mind and you tried to read the mind of someone with a different language than yours, would you be able to understand them? 

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JayEs-Art Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student General Artist
yo diria que si porque, sin ningun fundamento cientifico, no estarias leyendo palabras sino ideas(?)
Megerou Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No way! Unless you know that language then you should not be able to understand them because I know for a fact I only think in one language.
LackOfBindings Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
definitely not, especially since reading minds in movies and stuff is always depicted as hearing them.
hansellu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
ooo I like this question. 
It depends on how scientific it was I guess. 
if mind reading were real, wouldn't you be able to read their entire brain? And be able to also read their knowledge of the language and read other things like their memories and such too? Not ONLY their thoughts?   
omateki Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its a mix!
people think in both words and concepts, so id assume you'd be able to understnad some or the general idea
for example, people who know more than one language often think more in concepts which they then translate to words, which is why if you ask someone in what language they were thinking sometimes they'd be able ot answer and sometimes not so much.!
the way the brain works is pretty mysterious and we still dont quite know the details, but i reccomend you watch this ted talk if you're honestly interested.! -…
Amhiena Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist
Human brains are not so basic as to require to do things exclusively by thinking in a language. 

Brains don't process information exclusively through language. We can take evidence from other animals like dogs or cats, who clearly don't have a language but we can see intent in their actions or at the moment of problem solving as well as emotions. If we needed language to think and process information, we'd be dead as would a lot of other complex life forms.
There has been successful experiments of very, VERY loosely replicated results of turning brainwaves into images; it turns out that when people are looking at something, the brain waves can be translated to see what images occur in their mind. 

Multilingual people (as in, people who grew up exposed to more than one language and are fluent and can think/process well in both) develop their brains differently and actually do not think in either language exclusively, while it has been found that the brain will develop a sort of "third language," a new information processing system to handle facts and details without relying on words. That's why I always get confused by people who say that they read sentences in a specific voice and stuff; Growing up bilingual since the age of 7, I rarely every think in language or "read stuff out loud in my mind." I just.. I don't know how I do it. Unless I'm panning out how a conversation is going to go in my mind, I do not "think in a language." 

Assuming we go off by how the brain itself will work and stuff, emotions are processed in very specific parts of the brain, for example. Visual information can be tracked through certain pathways. Motor and sensory information (the firing of neurons that occur when we want or need to move, reflexes, and reception of stimuli) also has its own primary regions in the brain, and these are easy to track. I have an entire PDF  lesson of this from my anatomy class tracking every pathway if it interests you.

TL;DR IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU MEAN AND WANT WE'VE OBSERVED THE BRAIN A LOT TO IDENTIFY CERTAIN THINGS, a doctor figured out how to communicate with a sentient person in coma by reading the brain waves after asking a question, bla bla bla its possible because brains dont process all information through language.

I mean if you're thinking of "i want to hear what they are saying in their mind" then... of course, the language thing will be there... but this is all very loosey goosey in question form as is. Mind reading doesn't happen so I'm not exactly sure what you want here
Kojiro-Brushard Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I woluld be able to understand them if they think less in words and more in feelings and pictures. Basically something tha transends language thoouugh that would also mean the person im trying to talk to doesn't speak well like me XD.... i don't think i words much >: so its hard to describe thigns for me XD
HMGMishy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, if you could understand the actual "thoughts" — pictures and feelings — I'd say you maybe could,
but if you were just reading their thoughts — their words ("I really need to buy milk today", "wow, I can't believe that just happened") — I don't think so, because you'd be hearing their language. like listening to a foreign movie/tv show.
SquibbleSquib Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
I don't think so D:

Mostly cause... You'd only be able to see their thoughts and not gain their unless you knew their language. Dunno!
viscereaux Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016

I know you're bilingual w spanish and english, so don't you have english and spanish thoughts??? I have English thoughts and chinese thoughts! So like def no you can only understand if theyre thinking in english
TheRocketman1997 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Oh god, this subject is hurting my head.
Maybe? Reading people's minds might not be limited to languages if this is in a emotional level.
This is going to be stuck into my head for a while.
DizzyAlyx Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmmmmm, no. I'd imagine with someone of a different language you'd pick up on emotions that they're feeling and very vague things that theyre thinking of but with specific and clear thoughts; like how a lot of the time you talk in your own head to think about something, I'd say that a mind reader would hear that voice, but since its the other persons mind its not like its going to translate for you. You're only looking in, after all

..if that makes sense?
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