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Descriptive Thought

  • By: Gary Ostertag
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

In uttering the sentence “the tallest building is less than one year old,” I express a thought—call it α—that is about the tallest building, Burj Khalifa. For me to entertain a there is no requirement that I be acquainted—either through perception, memory, or the reports ...