Chapter 6. Modeling

People have been drawing pictures since the time of the cave paintings at Lascaux, and probably even before that. Man is a visual animal, so even after the advent of language we continued to record history and communicate with each other through graphics.1 It is hardly a matter of dispute that our eye-brain computer is a powerful tool that integrates an incredible amount of information extremely quickly and enables other forms of cognition to take place. Even our daily language reflects this: when we finally “get” something, we often say out loud, “I see it!”

Software developers allowed this visual capability to go unexploited for many years. Even though many people around them tried to describe (and get them to describe) ...

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