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  10 October 2011
Next Meeting Oct 25 - “Dyslexia in Artists and Computer Graphics”

talk by Thomas G. West, author of In the Mind’s Eye and Thinking
Like Einstein
In the field of computer graphics, animation and simulation, dyslexic
artists and technologists are often leading innovators. One of the
founders of the modern study of molecular biology was dyslexic and
described how he used his powerful visual imagination to see new
patterns and develop fundamental insights (twelve years ahead of all
others in the field) into the links between the genetic code and the
immune system. Later, a different scientist proved experimentally that
he was right and received a Nobel Prize. The US National Science
Foundation is currently funding a Harvard-Smithsonian study of when
and where dyslexia may be an advantage in doing science, especially
within astrophysics. A world famous professor of paleontology tries to
teach his graduate students how to think like a dyslexic so they can
see patterns invisible to others, long thought impossible. The rest is
“just memorization,” he says, without innovation or significant
discovery.


The meeting will be held at the USPTO in King Street on Oct 25.
More details will be forthcoming.
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  10 October 2011
My son is Dyslexic--smart as a whip with more natural artistic talent than I'll ever have or know. Thanks for the post!

The talk's in Alexandria, Virginia I assume?
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  10 October 2011
I have always been artistically creative. When i was younger i have a very difficult time in school. When I was in 5th or 6th grade, i had a private tutor. She flagged me for dyslexia within 2-3 weeks, so she tested me...and i passed (for not being dyslexic). She told my family that My poor spelling and not keeping my handwriting on the lines of the paper are BIG flags for dyslexia. So it would seam that i have a mild form of dyslexia, but i was perfectly functional as long as I APPLY myself.

In highschool i heard about the link between dyslexia and 'the arts'. after a little research i found there was a Doctor that was purposing that the month you are born has a big factor in dyslexia. It seamed that if you where born between June and september you had a higher chance of dyslexia. One theory was that this is linked to the brian development of the baby coinciding with Flu season. I was born in July.

So now I'm in my 30's and and im a 3d / motion graphics artist. Thanks to google and my Macbook pro, I can hide allot of my poor spelling. and if i EVER need to use text in a project, i have the producer email me all the copy so i can copy and paste it into my project. I tell everyone "you dont want me touching the keyboard....EVER!"

so if there is anyone out there that had, or is having a hardtime in school even thou your 'smart', dont worry it gets easier.
 
  10 October 2011
“Computer Graphics, Visual Thinkers and the Dyslexic Advantage”

A talk by Thomas G. West, author of In the Mind’s Eye and Thinking Like Einstein



When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where: US Patent and Trademark Office
link to map:
http://usptocareers.gov/Pages/NewEmployee/Campus.aspx

RSVP: robertoortiz1@yahoo.com

DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to hear a talk by Thomas West, author ofIn the Mind’s Eye and Thinking Like Einstein.



With computer graphics in all its forms, the world is changing and becoming more visual -- as a word-based traditional educational system ignores the talents of visual thinkers and smart people with dyslexia. Indeed, dyslexia is coming to be seen, remarkably, as a significant advantage in an increasing number of fields -- often linked to success in design innovation, entrepreneurial business and scientific discovery.



In the field of computer graphics, animation and simulation, dyslexic artists and technologists are often leading innovators. One of the founders of the modern study of molecular biology was dyslexic and described how he used his powerful visual imagination to see new patterns and develop fundamental insights (twelve years ahead of all others in the field) into the links between the genetic code and the immune system. Later, a different scientist proved experimentally that he was right and received a Nobel Prize. The US National Science Foundation is currently funding a Harvard-Smithsonian study of when and where dyslexia may be an advantage in doing science, especially within astrophysics. A world famous professor of paleontology tries to teach his graduate students how to think like a dyslexic so they can see patterns invisible to others, long thought impossible. The rest is “just memorization,” he says, without innovation or significant discovery.



Thomas G. West is the author of In the Mind's Eye--Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics and the Rise of Visual Technologies (Prometheus Books), selected as one of the “best of the best” for the year by the American Library Association (one of only 13 books in their broad psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience category). A second edition was released in September 2009 with Foreword by Oliver Sacks, MD, who states: “In the Mind's Eye brings out the special problems of people with dyslexia, but also their strengths, which are so often overlooked. Its accent is not so much on pathology as on how much human minds vary. It stands alongside Howard Gardner's Frames of Mind as a testament to the range of human talent and possibility.”



In the Mind’s Eye was published in Japanese translation in as Geniuses Who Hated School. A Chinese translation was published in 2004. A Korean translation will be available in late 2011. In connection with In the Mind's Eye and his other writings, Mr. West has been invited to provide presentations for scientific, medical, art, design, computer and business groups in the U.S. and overseas, including groups in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan and twelve European countries.



For years West wrote a column, “Images and Reversals,” on the broad effects of visualization technologies for Computer Graphics, a quarterly publication of the international professional association for computer graphics artists and technologists (ACM-SIGGRAPH -- an organization with many creative, visual-thinking dyslexics). These columns were collected into a book with the title: Thinking Like Einstein--Returning to Our Visual Roots with the Emerging Revolution in Computer Information Visualization.



West is now working on a third book, this one dealing with visual thinking, new visual technologies, high level creativity and role of brain diversity (including dyslexia, Aspergers syndrome and other alternative modes of learning and thinking) in several leading-edge entrepreneurial businesses as well as several individual scientists and technological innovators (including one British family with many visual thinkers, many dyslexics and four Nobel Laureates).



Based in Washington, DC, West has given talks on similar themes in recent years in places such as: Oxford University, Magdalen College (est. 1458), June 11, 2010; two talks for the Malta Dyslexia Association, in Malta, June 25, 2010; and a talk given at the University of California at Berkeley, February 2, 2011, among others. West has been associated with ACM-SIGGRAPH and DC-SIGGRAPH for many years.



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For years West wrote a column, “Images and Reversals,” on the broad effects of visualization technologies for Computer Graphics, a quarterly publication of the international professional association for computer graphics artists and technologists (ACM-SIGGRAPH -- an organization with many creative, visual-thinking dyslexics). These columns were collected into a book with the title: Thinking Like Einstein--Returning to Our Visual Roots with the Emerging Revolution in Computer Information Visualization.



West is now working on a third book, this one dealing with visual thinking, new visual technologies, high level creativity and role of brain diversity (including dyslexia, Aspergers syndrome and other alternative modes of learning and thinking) in several leading-edge entrepreneurial businesses as well as several individual scientists and technological innovators (including one British family with many visual thinkers, many dyslexics and four Nobel Laureates).



Based in Washington, DC, West has given talks on similar themes in recent years in places such as: Oxford University, Magdalen College (est. 1458), June 11, 2010; two talks for the Malta Dyslexia Association, in Malta, June 25, 2010; and a talk given at the University of California at Berkeley, February 2, 2011, among others. West has been associated with ACM-SIGGRAPH and DC-SIGGRAPH for many years.
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  10 October 2011
I am mildly dyslexic, or as I like to call it dysexylic. :-)

Certain tasks are hard, like copying or working with number sequences, which is a large part of my job. But I work around it... Sometimes closing one eye then the other, or saying them out loud slowly.

There was a book not long ago about how many world leaders are dyslexic, written by a guy who was surprised when he was asked to give a conference about it for the UN.
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  10 October 2011
Hi Guys Here is an update...





The DC SIGGRAPH meeting on Tuesday Night will be at the USPTO Campus in Alexandria

http://www.uspto.gov/about/contacts/locations/map_alex.jsp

at the Remsen Building Auditorium.


The meeting will be between 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
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