October 05, 2011

Dyslexia, color blindness and the challenge of conceptualizing social-ecological systems

Just as some textual and visual materials are unsuitable for the dyslexic or the color blind, Resilience Science art is unsuitable for those of us suffering from dysconceptualdiagramia and flowchartphobia. Even after wiping the tears from my eyes, calming down my trembling and stopping my room from spinning wildly, I fail to make sense of those charts.


  1. Gosh, you're right. But think. If a picture is worth a thousand words, deciding that those pictures made no sense probably saved you several minutes over deciding that a verbal description of the same thing made no sense either.

  2. Yes. In Spanish we would say "la cara es el espejo del alma" (the face is the mirror of the soul). If the face doesn't look good, then the soul probably isn't any good either. I googled around and found "eyes are the window to the soul" in English. But I am not sure it is meant the same.