Visual Thinking

The Hidden Gifts of Thinking in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions

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Visual Thinking (2022, Penguin Publishing Group)

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Published Oct. 27, 2022 by Penguin Publishing Group.

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reviewed Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin

a couple interesting ideas and topics buried in a firehose of anecdotes

2 stars

This came across as a little too disorganized and scattershot; a lot of this book reads like just a firehose of anecdotes, and there are a several not-very-well-related substantive topics that Grandin addresses. A bit more focus would make this a better book -- or even, a couple better books.

First, Grandin isn't talking about all visual thinking: she describes the distinction between spatial visualizers and object visualizers. The former is related more to abstract visualization and better-connected to verbal thinking; object visualizers, on the other hand, are, well, much more purely visual: they really, truly do see vivid, realistic images. And yes, Grandin is that latter type -- I mean, she did write a book called "Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism"! This book is focused on those object visualizers and their place in society; Grandin calls these the "clever engineers". I think she has a great point, …

reviewed Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin

interesting for visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, people interested in neurodiversity

5 stars

An overall really interesting book, I really like Temple Grandin's explanations and writing style. I'm thinking of reading her other books on animal thinking. Her explanations of what went wrong and right with two nuclear disasters and stories about engineering were really interesting to me, and the section on how humans and the rest of the animals are similar brain-wise is interesting too.

I agree with the other review that it does fall into the "billionare guys who are neurodiverse" trope which is annoying for so many different reasons I won't get into...also has Musk even engineered anything he owns? (Feel free to prove me wrong on this) This isn't probably the most sensitive book on neurodiversity and it is heavily American-centric, but her main point is that American education needs to value different types of thinking and hands-on learning more to improve its economy and infrastructure. (also that algebra …

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I tried to give it a fair shot but had to DNF it as soon as she started praising Elon Musk and her reasons for disliking the word neurotypical and usage of "normal" in place of it very much irked me. Was thoroughly disappointed by that because it was very interesting otherwise, especially in the beginning.

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