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I cannot remember pictures, nor can I construct good art.

Maybe can't today, but you definitely could. Anyone with a creative, problem solving mind can be a visual artist. I think this is an important point.

No, I can't. And that's why I bring up this particular point. I don't see pictures. I don't visualize. I can't recall pictures. I have a particular, call it "brain condition" that prevents me from doing so.

And that seems to really get into the way of being a visual artist. {grin}

Are you not aware of people who are "tone deaf"? All the training in the world won't get them to recognize tones. It's similar with me and recalling pictures or visualizing. My brain doesn't do that. I am unable. Understand?

I've even commented here on it at GUIs and CLIs about why I hate some GUI designs.

And it's a bit crazy of you to think that everyone is like you, although completely understandable, because we want to be tribal and presume that all other humans have all the traits we have.

Oddly enough, I think it's my lack of cognitive ability to visualize that makes me a very good programmer and writer. Yes, I have trouble when people tell me that they want to see how a variable sits in memory, but I'm not burdened with any of that overhead. I just deal with the patterns and abstractions of variables and processes.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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In reply to •Re^3: How to abate the Ubiquitous Fear of Programming by merlyn
in thread How to abate the Ubiquitous Fear of Programming by Velaki

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