In the mind's eye : visual thinkers, gifted people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, computer images and the ironies of creativity.

By: West, Thomas G, 1943-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus, 1997Edition: Updated ed.Description: 397p., [16] p. of plates : ill., facsims., ports. ; 24cm. (hbk.).ISBN: 9781573921558.Subject(s): Philosophy and Psychology | Neuropsychology | Computer graphics-Psychological aspects | Gifted persons-Case studies | Trait intercorrelations | Learning disabilities | Creative ability | Imagery (Psychology) | GeniusDDC classification: 153.3WES
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This inspiring book profiles gifted individuals who used nontraditional methods in their work as it explodes many myths about conventional intelligence and charts new vistas for today's computer visualization technologies. Some of our most original intellects--Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Lewis Carroll, and Winston Churchill--relied heavily on visual modes of thought, processing information in terms of images instead of words or numbers. Thomas G. West examines the learning difficulties experienced by both famous and everyday people, and he explores how recent neurological research shows an association between visual talents and verbal difficulties. In the Mind's Eye probes new data on dyslexics to see how computers enhance the creative potential of visual thinkers, as well as interactive computer applications at all levels of education and work.<br> <br> Updated with a new preface, epilogue, and expanded notes, this volume could be the clarion call for educators and corporations to mine this untapped resource of highly creative talent in our midst.

Previous ed.: 1991.

Bibliography: p. 339-380. Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface to the Updated Edition (p. 3)
  • Preface (p. 7)
  • 1 Slow Words, Quick Images: an Overview (p. 9)
  • 2 Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties from the Inside (p. 45)
  • 3 Constellations of Traits, Some Neurological Perspectives (p. 73)
  • 4 Profiles, Part 1: Faraday, Maxwell, and Einstein (p. 101)
  • 5 Profiles, Part 2: Dodgson, PoincarĂ©, Edison, Tesla, and Da Vinci (p. 131)
  • 6 Profiles, Part 3: Churchill, Patton, and Yeats (p. 149)
  • 7 Speech and Nonverbal Thought (p. 177)
  • 8 Patterns in Creativity (p. 185)
  • 9 Images, Computers, and Mathematics (p. 205)
  • 10 Patterns, Implications, Possibilities (p. 243)
  • Epilogue (p. 257)
  • Appendix A Symptomatology (p. 279)
  • Appendix B Sources of Information (p. 287)
  • Notes (p. 293)
  • Bibliography (p. 339)
  • Additional Bibliography (p. 371)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 381)
  • Copyright Acknowledgments (p. 383)
  • Index (p. 385)
  • What the Critics Are Saying About in the Mind's Eye (p. 399)

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CHOICE Review

West's outstanding book examines the play between the visual strengths and verbal weaknesses of 11 gifted individuals, including such persons as da Vinci, Faraday, Einstein, Edison, Churchill, and Yeats. These case studies demonstrate that, in the past, those who were able to make their genius known in spite of verbal shortcomings were the exception rather than the norm and succeeded only through extraordinary resourcefulness, perseverance, and good luck. In a society that has traditionally been centered on the word, persons with such deficiencies have often found themselves marginalized. The author's thesis is that the hegemony of the word is being contested by a growing visual culture and society is undergoing profound changes as a result. These changes are being led by a new generation of visual thinkers (many of whom have had difficulty with verbal skills) who employ the television screen, computer graphics, virtual reality, and other relatively inexpensive tools of digital technology. West's thesis is skillfully argued and illustrated with an abundance of examples. Impressive bibliography and resource list (complete with Web site); will appeal to a wide audience. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. R. M. Davis Albion College