How do deaf people think?

by Aaron

It may sound like a silly question, but it’s actually an interesting one. How do deaf people think?

At RIT, I was able to experience deaf culture in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. It was very educational, but sometimes there are questions you’re a little reluctant to ask. One of those is: In what language do deaf people think?

It turns out, they think in sign. It’s really quite amazing and, yet, hard to comprehend. Sign is a natural language just like English or Chinese. Naturally, you think (and dream) in the language you communicate with. Do you talk in your sleep? Well, a deaf person may sign in their sleep.

The brain is a mysterious place, indeed.

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