Seeing What Others Cannot See: The Hidden Advantages of Visual Thinkers and Differently Wired Brains

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Prometheus Books, 2017 - Creative ability - 277 pages
For over 25 years, Thomas G. West has been a leading advocate for the importance of visual thinking, visual technologies and the creative potential of individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences. In this new book, he investigates how different kinds of brains and different ways of thinking can help to make discoveries and solve problems in innovative and unexpected ways. West focuses on what he has learned over the years from a group of extraordinarily creative, intelligent, and interesting people -- those with dyslexia, Asperger's syndrome, and other different ways of thinking, learning, and working. He shows that such people can provide important insights missed by experts as they also can prevent institutional "group think."

Based on first-person accounts, West tells stories that include a dyslexic paleontologist in Montana, a special effects tech who worked for Pink Floyd and Kiss and who is now an advocate for those with Asperger's syndrome, a group of dyslexic master code breakers in a British electronic intelligence organization, a Colorado livestock handling expert who has become a forceful advocate for those with autism and a family of dyslexics and visual thinkers in Britain that includes four winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics. He also discusses persistent controversies and the unfolding science.

This is an inspiring book that not only documents the achievements of people with various learning differences, but reveals their great potential -- especially in a new digital age where traditional clerical and academic skills are less and less important while an ability to think in pictures and to understand patterns using high-level computer information visualizations is rapidly increasing in value in the global economic marketplace.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Visual Perspectives
53
Seeing Along the Spectrum
69
The Power of Design
91
Insiders Outsiders
119
Seeing and Technology
133
Visual Families and Nobel Prizes
151
Conclusion
181
Acknowledgments
201
Sources of Information
217
Bibliography
243
Index
259
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About the author (2017)

Thomas G. Westis the author of the award-winning book In the Mind's Eye- Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics and the Rise of Visual Technologiesand the highly acclaimed Thinking like Einstein- Returning to Our Visual Roots with the Emerging Revolution in Computer Information Visualization. In the Mind's Eyewas awarded a gold seal and selected as one of the "best of the best" for the year by the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association. The book has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Korean -- and West has provided presentations for scientific, medical, art, design, computer and business groups in the U.S. and nineteen foreign countries. West continues to lecture worldwide and has given presentations to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, the Confederation of British Industry in London, the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam, National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, the Aspen Institute in Colorado, Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, and the NASA Ames Research Center, along with many other institutions.

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