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Vern Burkhardt (VB): Did you discover the power of visual thinking by portraying a problem on the back of a napkin? It would be wonderful to be able to say that I have my own back of the napkin 'aha' sketch.
I discovered the power of visual thinking by drawing on everything I happened to have nearby ranging from notebook paper to a chalkboard.
I want to study in more detail the mind sight of visually impaired, visually disabled, and blind people.
I have read a few interesting studies suggesting that how their 'mind's eye' functions very much depends on the nature of their visual impairment or visual difference.
The power of a picture is that it opens up more channels in our brain allowing us to think about things in ways that would lie dormant if we were just talking about them. Vision must be important to our thinking ability since we have evolved to have an extraordinary capacity in our brains to process what we see.
Of the neurons in our brain that are processing incoming sensory information, somewhere between one half and three quarters are focused on vision. The ultimate question is why aren't more people using pictures in business?
At some point in the past it may have included a napkin, but I don't recall that being the quintessential proverbial starting point.
It was in March 1981 that I first recognized the power of a picture, not so much for solving a problem, but for communicating a concept to someone else.