Kellie, I think it's wonderful that you can hear music in your head. I can sometimes, if it's familiar enough, but not otherwise, and when I can, it's only one melody or part part at a time. And I can't visualize in three dimensions either. I did fine in high school math until I got to solid geomtry, and that was the one second "C" I got in high school (the first was physics--I wish now I'd taken chemistry, not that I's have done any better--smile--but it might have been more interesting). I wish, too, that I could smell colors, or see things as colors, as some of you had mentioned. That would be interesting. Cindy --- Kellie Hartmann <hart0421@xxxxxxx> wrote: > I'm really amazed by people's ability to look at a > diagram using an opticon one piece at a time and > mentally synthesize it. I've never been able to look > at something in pieces and imagine the whole. This > inability sometimes hampers my Scrabble playing. > Incidentally, I was born totally blind. I won't even > let anyone teach me chess because I know that my > inability to imagine the board and the consequences > of future moves would make me a terrible player, and > who wants to learn a game just so they can lose? > <lol> > > I do know one totally sighted person who says she > can't visualize anything in her head. I think it's a > worse handicap when you're blind though because if > you're sighted you can actually look at something, > such as a chessboard or diagram, all in one piece > instead of trying to take it in one little bit at a > time. > > I am completely hopeless at looking at tactile 2/-d > drawings and understanding how they would be in 3-d. > It was a big problem in middle school math. I also > can't make mental maps, although I can use tactile > ones meaningfully. I like tactile tables and bar > graphs, but more complicated representations are > completely incomprehensible to me. I can't even > visualize a simple object in my mind and think at > the same time. <lol> I've come to the conclusion > that this ability, or lack there of as the case may > be, isn't necessarily related to how much vision the > person has, although it seems from discussions on > the subject that having more vision or having had > more vision even in early life does help. > > On the other hand, I can hear music in my mind in > great detail, either things I've heard before or > things I mentally compose myself. I thought that > everyone could do this, until a really interesting > discussion I had with a group of people on the > subject. One of the people definitely has much > greater musical ability than me, but he says that > when he hears music in his mind it's basically the > sound of himself humming and that's all. I've heard > one piece that he composed, and it was incredibly > complex--I really wonder how he can do that. > > Okay, enough of my ranting--I have a cold and am > just sitting here at the computer trying to distract > myself. > Kellie __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the Subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.