I'm not sure when I started doing it. I'm not sure if my coworkers are annoyed by it. I certainly hope not. But, many years ago, I started whispering to myself while I was programming something new. Sometimes it was just a validation of something that I was working on, other times it was asking questions about what I was seeing or not seeing. I've researched this phenomenon a few times and thankfully I'm not crazy. Funnily enough, I'll catch myself doing it and I'll smile not knowing how long I have been chatting to myself under my breath.
I'm glad to know that ultimately, it has been shown to aid in the learning process. It helps some people tap into a different part of the brain to help make new connections and help those connections solidify. I just hope I'm not bothering anyone when I do it!
The title of this post is from one of my favorite Stephen Hawking quotes and makes sense for my odd little habit:
For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.