Post source: Applications in Biology for a New Generation

We have grown up with comics and have accepted the need to hop from frame to frame in a linear path. Time moves to the right and down in standard comics. So we have accepted the flow visually. This is not a new concept. We have been telling stories in this linear fashion with drawings from as far back as the Egyptians.

Looking for patterns – when the pattern is as simple as boxes side by side we see the pattern. But complex patterns are missed by many people. I don’t know if this is a new phenomenon or has always been a problem. As a dyslexic patterns are very simple for me to see. Is pattern recognition a measure of intelligence? I have personally witnessed in the last three weeks that many of my colleagues can not recognize or follow patterns. Are they unable to see them or do they see no value in recognizing them. Is this a fine arts skill that is not normally seen in analytically individuals.

Parallel pathways – comics today could be just like the web. You could select your path based on your own interest. We do this with web searches or YouTube when you select the next and then the next as the computer searches for similar videos. Before you know it, you are no longer anywhere near where you started with your original search.