Dead right it isn't; becuase the letter "l" is fairly simple. Instead,
try looking at a very high-resolution true-colour image of the
Mandelbrot set. You can fit it inside the 2% or so of your visual
field that the fovea covers, and you'll see a lot more detail on it
than that nice courier-medium letter "l" on your terminal ;-)
> Even in the
> unlikely event that the fovea was capable of such a prodigious feat, I doubt
> it could transmit the description, and even if it could the brain is
> certainly not able to handle such a glut of information.
The fovea handles about 50% of the sensory bandwidth of the entire
retina, if I remember correctly. The rest isn't just "motion sensors",
but it's not far off. (You can get an idea of this by wandering around
in the near-total dark; the cones in your fovea are no use in low light
levels, so you're reduced to using your peripheral vision (mostly rods).