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Pseudo visuals ?

Aubrey Jacobus asked 2 weeks ago
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I have since I found this site tried to test myself .

I was convinced that being without visual imagery was an advantage eg when I ask someone the question -how many 1 cm cubes can you get by dividing a 2 cm cube ? I frequently get a wrong answer and realise they are trying to solve a mathematical problem visually.  In other words a visual memory can be false but convincing – identity parades can pick the wrong person. However when I try to visualise my own wife/children/grandchildren’s faces I get blank. If try to visualise a beach we have visited regularly I get a momentary incomplete  ghostly  and colourless  glimpse of a  beach scene. but I dream in glorious Technicolor .I should ask visualizers ,if you cant remember something accurately you cant visualise  it . I can report something I have witnessed but  writing fiction – not a chance.

Matthew Haney January 01, 2021 04:08 pm

This described my experience 100%

When I try to answer your puzzle, I start to "visualize" the cube but it’s more like a hazy, outline of a hologram that gets marginally more clear as I "focus" on certain part. I then split it into layers so I can approach it rationally. So if it’s 2cm high then that means there’s two layers, so I’ll remember to multiply my answer I get on layer one by two. Then I split the top layer into two rows and by then it’s rather obvious there’s four cubes on this layer and therefore eight 1cm cubes in the 2cm cube.

All that without ever having "seen" anything

Aubrey Jacobus January 01, 2021 05:29 pm

But you did get a image of sorts .

it seems to me that you started with some sort of visual and used that to make a logical /mathematical approach to the problem. Why would I get wrong answers ? Assuming the quality of visual varies from

person to person those who would trust their image would just guess. If I then asked you – suppose the

2 cm cube was red on the outside and white inside how many white faces would result get on 1 cm cubes. would you then resort to mathematics ? Then try this with 1 cm cubes out of a 3 cm cube . – almost impossible I think without mathematics . So i argue a strong visual image can be a disadvantage.

People who trust their imagery can pick the wrong person believing they made no mistake,

Aubrey Jacobus January 01, 2021 05:29 pm

But you did get a image of sorts .

it seems to me that you started with some sort of visual and used that to make a logical /mathematical approach to the problem. Why would I get wrong answers ? Assuming the quality of visual varies from

person to person those who would trust their image would just guess. If I then asked you – suppose the

2 cm cube was red on the outside and white inside how many white faces would result get on 1 cm cubes. would you then resort to mathematics ? Then try this with 1 cm cubes out of a 3 cm cube . – almost impossible I think without mathematics . So i argue a strong visual image can be a disadvantage.

People who trust their imagery can pick the wrong person believing they made no mistake,

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