ERIC Number: ED158772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-10
Reference Count: 0
The Democracy of the Intellect.
Debes, John L.
It is now possible to carry forward the work in visual languaging and visual literacy to create a model for language and for cognition. The central hypothesis is that visual sequences are gradually learned, perceived, and "read" by people, but especially by little children, much as languaging is learned, perceived, and read; the "readers" behave as if they are reading a visual language. The essential counterpart of this is that visual sequences are "written" (composed) much as languaging is written and "writers" (composers) behave as if they are writing visual language. There is evidence that the left hemisphere of the brain takes care of writing and printing and the right hemisphere with processing picture sequences. Once the right hemisphere is developed, its interrelationship with the left hemisphere verbal languaging skills can proceed toward cognitive and cultural goals that could not possibly be achieved with either set of languaging skills alone. This is the beginning of the true democracy of the intellect, the most exciting development in the history of man. (VT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Visual Languaging
Note: Paper presented at the Eighth National Convention of the International Visual Literacy Association (Nashville, Tennessee, March 10, 1976)