Simple Techniques to help our Visual Thinking
Wow – great article about the importance of visualization to thinking and understanding. Fascinating!
This post looks at two techniques to assist our visual thinking: the humble Venn Diagram and the Concept Tree.
Visualization is the fundamental element of reasoning. This is an argument that Aristotle proposed and many more have affirmed, including Grim, who I make reference to in this post.
Before getting to the actual techniques, we need to step back and clarify some basic building blocks.
We use words, sentences, concepts etc. The point is: how do these things relate to each other; what do they mean; and what does it have to do with visualization?
Words are just signs. The physical word is nothing more than a combination of sounds or marks when written. The word becomes of interest when it has an association with ideas. Concepts lie behind the words. The words themselves are meaningless. It is the ideas associated with those words that are of interest.
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