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Do you think in pictures?

Do you think in pictures or words?

  • I think in Words!

    Votes: 32 18.3%
  • I think in Pictures!

    Votes: 124 70.9%
  • I have no idea what you mean! (This means you should post a reply to the thread)

    Votes: 19 10.9%

  • Total voters

The Pandector

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V.I.P Member
Yeah. I see the big picture and work backwards. But then, I learn the same way; I size up the subject a while so I have a place to hang the details. Used to code some; sections of code came the same way. Guess I never thought of it as different.


Active Member
I dont know if I would call it pictures, but more concepts, I guess imagary, it's memory , but it's very vague, I don't have photographic recall or anything like that. Though I do remember many things, decently.

Right now, I'm thinking about the black and white movie, frankentein 1933, or 32 I think. You know, where they storm the building , and they burn it to the ground, You know, the big scary monster, that has to be killed, Cause it's very scary,and causing a lot of distress in the community, amongst the town folk. So I guess, I do think visually. But it's all very amorphous.


What I do for work definitely only happens because I think this way. I, too, work backwards, but I learned the process studying how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pulled off the Sherlock Holmes novels. I wanted to understand that man's genius, and so I dug in a lot to find out.


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I was delighted with the Sherlock Holmes method, too. The author received quite a few pleas for help in legal cases, and did take up a few. He save one man who was obviously innocent, but it took him ten years to teach the logic to the necessary parties.


Working on myself
For me, I would say it is like thinking in imagery. If I can imagine how some things work or if I have seen something like it before, I can typically figure things out. The irony of my having issues with paying attention is that I tend to retain things by seeing how they work after doing them or watching others do something a few times. The same can be said about directions. I suck at directions if I don't have landmarks that relate to roads, intersections, etc. I tend to prioritize buildings or objects over street names and only start remembering street names after being familiar enough with my surroundings.


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Yesterday, I was planning how to smooth out an uneven edge with the best appearance, and least waste and effort. I did a quick sketch of how I first thought of doing it. That suggested an improvement, which gave less waste but much more work. Then I saw a far better solution. A few hours later, while congratulating myself, I got another idea, and the sketch showed it was the "obvious" solution. - Easy, economical, and attractive, and also solved a minor problem all the other solutions had over the width of the saw cut.
I guess it is an iterative process. I try to draw what I'm thinking of, and then get better ideas from the things that show up on the paper.

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