Borrowing from other threads, I would like to discuss about the apparent necessity of symbolic representations and manipulation rules, which I think what language is, other than being a form of communication. A lot of people seem think to that language is necessary for higher cognition and that without it, human-level intelligence is not possible.
The Role of Language in Intelligence
Intelligence and Language
Is Language the Key to Human Intelligence?
My view is,
In light of Hierarchical Temporal Memory, I would like to suggest that the data that indicates language absence leads to depletion in relative cognitive function and ability is a result of the limitation of neocortical capacity to combine patterns and process information space. In other words, symbolic representation and manipulation rules are a good tool for reducing the space required to associate objects or other patterns into meaningful sequences (that is partly what the cortex does using high level representations). I tend to think that a much larger neocortical tissue will be able to perform those high-level cognitive functions currently associated with the need for language, without language.
Symbolic representations can get combined at different levels of hierarchy forming different but interconnected representations of relations that can be sensorimotor influenced by single or multiple modalities or purely manipulated in the abstract space.
I would like to know what everyone thinks about this.
PS: There is evidence and is also obvious that language shapes how a cortex thinks, but this doesn’t necessarily refute the above argument.