Sunday, November 11, 2007

Words Do Not Equal Ideas

An important and interesting thing to remember is that words used to convey certain ideas to others (or oneself) are always only rough reflections of the actual ideas present in one's mind. This thought was inspired by reading a piece which emphasized how various immensely prolific scientists (e.g., Einstein, Faraday, and Maxwell) were successful because of their highly developed visual modes of thought, which were accompanied by deficiencies in verbal abilities such as dyslexia and difficulty in conveying ideas to others. Thus, we must always remain aware of the fact that words do not equal ideas and that difficulty in expressing ideas via words doesn't necessarily reflect a disadvantage!

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