It is our contention that the antipathy between word-based and visuo/spatial modes of thought has had damaging effects on the development and use of visual cognitive skills which are an essential element in the human brain's capacity to change response patterns - to create.
This capacity is no mere decorative " extra " it is as important a survival factor as language. But we live in a word-dominated culture & learn in a word-dominated education system. Our powers of " vision " are too often unrecognised, diregarded, thrown away. Here in this exhibition is a chance to glimpse the other side of the coin - the visually - dominant dyslexic mind at work, unfettered by the superfluous constraint of words.
Such a MIND - at its greatest -
While it is obviously not possible to state categorically at this date that Leonardo
was ( or was not ) dyslexic - there are highly significant traits in his work
of Leonardo da Vinci (as opposed to a "word-based/sequential" mode of thought) is, in any case, surely undeniable.
He himself says that the use of drawing gives " knowledge which is impossible for ancient or modern writers (to convey ) without any infinitely tedious example and confused prolixity of writing"
Leonardo's use of perspective and golden proportions is further "mirrored" in Dali's version
of The Last Supper
Ludovico Maria Sforza - also known as Ludovico il Moro was Duke of Milan from 1489 until his death. A member of the Sforza family, he was the fourth son of Francesco Sforza. He was famed as a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists, and presided over the final and most productive stage of the Milanese Renaissance.
He is probably best known as the man who commissioned the
The "visuo/spatial" dominance is equally evident, and naturally more accessibly documented in the case of Einstein. We have, for example, reports from his tutors and his own comments on his academic education.
Most telling perhaps, is his famous remark -
"If I can't picture it, I can't understand it"
First posted by Michael Grove on November 15, 1991 at 9:00
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