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Whenever we hear sound that bears information, we instinctively attempt to decode it. If it is speech, we simply cannot ignore it unless it is deemed gibberish. Here, knowing how to do it is critical. It includes acquiring numerous language templates in the form of auditory image and applying them in diverse situations. The brain makes executive decisions as needed with incredibly flexible criteria, so that ambiguous information is handled with a reasonable degree of certainty---in most cases we don't even realize it---and new information subsequently arriving can be handled without delay. In essence, speech recognition is "connecting the dots."