I’ve been trying to learn how to practice visual thinking, and there are two things I have been thinking about. First, it feels like my brain is split in half. I am more of a visual learner and I think about things in pictures. But I also have a hard time reading text. If I have to read something, I zone out. I’ve tried to practice writing a paragraph at a time, but it is very difficult for me to do. I have a hard time connecting the two. I also have trouble reading for an entire day. I get the gist, but I just can’t retain it. It takes my brain a long time to do this. And it is hard to practice. It is hard to practice reading and it is hard to practice writing. So how do we connect the two?
[Julie] I know the book is at an early stage in terms of the direction it is going, so I’m not sure if you have something to add to this, but I do want to mention that I think it is fascinating to be at a crossroads. There is a lot of talk about the importance of visual thinking and I think that is very true. But I also think there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it means to practice visual thinking. I’m much more interested in what is it that we are practicing. What’s in it for us? What are we learning?
I think that the new thinking about the role of information is that if we can’t describe how we’re thinking and how we’re doing it, it’s going to be difficult to do things. It’s going to be difficult to take something like this and add to it, or to take it and you have to infer it from the drawing, and so on.
I’m not sure that it’s on the scale that you’re putting on the drawing. I think that it’s something more fundamental than that. I’m not sure that we have to say it’s more fundamental than tacit knowledge, because I think that tacit knowledge is also something that we don’t know how to do, but we’re sort of used to it. 827ec27edc