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  • I too have a "blindness" of sorts. I cannot "see" anything that is not in front me at the moment. In other words, I have absolutely no visual recall or imagination. You can imagine what that does to my drawing ability.

    And over the years, people have tried to get me to agree that it was just something I could learn but hadn't yet. But no.

    I'm reminded of a moment from See No Evil, Hear No Evil [] where Richard Pryor is yelling into Gene Wilder's ear, thinking that just yelling "loud enough" would get the

    • Randal L. Schwartz
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    • Oddly enough, I think I have some of the face-blindness qualities, in the sense that I rarely recognize people if I haven't interacted with them much (it took great effort to make sure I knew the names of everybody in my current work's training, and I've been trying to make sure it carries over into the actual job).

      My main coping strategy with this was lots of reading, all the time, everywhere, because then I could say "I didn't see you, I was reading." Of course it wasn't true most of the time -- I just didn't recognize them.

      The trouble I got into with my parents was legendary at times, though -- "Why didn't you say hello to that person I introduced you to a week ago?" "I didn't recognize them."

      Visual-imagination wise, I'm fine, but I'm not sure where the two cross over or cancel out or anything. I can draw a little bit.


      You are what you think.