Re: imaging the world

Date: Sun Mar 05 2000 - 10:22:49 MST

From: Damien Broderick <>:

>Me, I've got *zero* visual imagery.
>I need to turn everything into narrative, run compression algorithms on the
>word chunks, then fool around with those. This can be amazingly powerful,
>This has a very strange effect on my writing.

Like Amara and others, I was riveted by the description of your own internal
mental architecture and the strategies you've used to exploit its strengths
and avoid its weaknesses. It seems, Damien, like we have almost completely
opposite and complementary basic mental geography.

I can envision a mid-21st century cognitive science where the kind of
broad-brush self-knowledge we've been describing in this thread becomes much
more fine-grained and, ultimately, gives rise to a technology of mental
architectural change that would allow the development of "non-native" mental
abilities. Thus I might get some of the arithmetical and "word-chunking"
abilities others have described, and you might be able to take advantage of
the ability to create and manipulate richer internal imagery.

I can't wait . . .

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