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The Human Intelligence Enterprise: 2017

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Task-determined strategies of visual process, by Gad Geiger, Jerome Y. Lettvin, and Olga Zegarra-Moran.

Technology and Courage, by Ivan Sutherland

Other papers of interest (but reading these is not part of the assignment)

A more recent treatment

Developmental Dyslexia: a Different Perceptual Strategy and How to Learn a New Strategy for Reading, by Gad Geiger and Jerome Y. Lettvin.

An amazing auditory result

Wide and Diffuse Perceptual Modes Characterizes Dyslexics in Vision and Audition, by Gad Geiger et al.

WRT: 1 hour, but Section 3, readable in minutes, is the interesting part


If you discuss the paper or the assignment with another student—which we encourage—indicate whom you have talked with in your submitted composition. Of course your submitted composition must be written entirely by you.

On a total of one side of one sheet of paper, using 10 pt type or larger, with standard interline spacing and margins, respond to all the following:

The pièce de résistance is the Geiger paper. You can skim the Sutherland paper; we will discuss it, but there is no written assignment.

The subject of dyslexia turns up in a conversation you are having with friend who happens to be dyslexic. “Well,” says the friend, “I recently heard about an article appearing in that eminent scientific journal, The Boston Globe, that says MRI studies on dyslexics demonstrate that my brain is, regretably, defective, and that accounts for my inability to read.”