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Humanist Archives: April 2, 2019, 5:56 a.m. Humanist 32.589 - drawing & thinking: more replies

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    [1]    From: Henry Schaffer 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.584: drawing and thinking (22)

    [2]    From: David Hoover 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.584: drawing and thinking (28)

    [3]    From: Susan Ford 
           Subject: RE: [Humanist] 32.584: drawing and thinking (5)

        Date: 2019-04-01 12:56:07+00:00
        From: Henry Schaffer 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.584: drawing and thinking

My psychologist colleagues tell me that people differ in their preferences
for, e.g., drawings vs. text, and their ability to express themselves in,
and to learn from these different modes. This brings to mind Howard
Gardner's book *"Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences*".

I've been working with data which can be expressed either as a directed
graph (nodes, edges) or in tabular form. I tend to use the tabular form as
it is very amenable to computer input, processing and display, but the
graphical form makes sense to me and so I can easily move between them.
However, one of my colleagues in this project is totally fine with the
graphical format, but can't "see" the information when presented in a
table. This is more than a slight preference, the difference is

So I wouldn't be surprised if people differed greatly in how they would
use, or want to use, drawing in their thinking processes, and would suggest
to Ken Friedman that he include this additional dimension in his
fascinating inquiries.

--henry schaffer

        Date: 2019-04-01 12:40:38+00:00
        From: David Hoover 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.584: drawing and thinking


As you've suggested you're interested in related or tangential approaches
to drawing and thinking, you might take a look at
Anne Mangen and Jean-Luc Velay (2010). Digitizing Literacy: Reflections on
the Haptics of Writing, Advances in Haptics, Mehrdad Hosseini Zadeh (Ed.),
ISBN: 978-953-307-093-3, InTech, Available from:

It suggests that writing is a specialized form of drawing with implications
for brain function and learning.

Current brain imaging techniques show how neural pathways can be
differentially activated from handling different writing systems:
logographic writing systems seem to activate very distinctive parts of the
frontal and temporal areas of the brain, particularly regions involved in
what is called motor perception.(389)

 David Hoover, Professor of English  NYU Eng. Dept. 212-998-8832

Adolph slid back into the thicket and lay down behind a fallen log to
see what would happen. Not much ever happened to him but weather.
--Willa Cather

        Date: 2019-04-01 06:41:35+00:00
        From: Susan Ford 
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 32.584: drawing and thinking

And there is "Why architects still draw" (2014) by Paolo Belardi who "cares
about drawing-as-thinking".


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