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Visual Intelligence

noun

the ability to see what's there that others don't, to see what's not there that should be, to see the positives and the negatives, the opportunity,  the invention, the upside, the warning signs, the quickest way, the way out, the win

What's your VQ?

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Praise

“This fascinating and beautifully illustrated book will make you see the world more clearly than you ever have before. And that clarity will transform how you deal with the challenges and opportunities you face every day.”
Leonard Mlodinow, author of Subliminal and The Drunkard’s Walk
 
“Amy Herman has transformed the way I look at art -- and at the world. She shows us when to trust our instincts as observers and when to recognize that our instincts have gone astray. So much wisdom flows from those lessons, which are set forth clearly and convincingly in this book.”
Professor Ari L. Goldman, Columbia University, author of The Search for God at Harvard and The Late Starters Orchestra.

“In her masterful new book, Amy Herman offers a compelling case for the life enhancing value—and central importance—of careful observation. Within these pages Herman teaches us how to be active and attentive observers, both within the confines of an art museum and well beyond. Visual Intelligence is a fascinating book, and an important one—and it is a great read.”
Daniel Weiss, President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Distractions Are Making Us Dumber

In our current Digital Age, there are more things competing for our attention than ever before in human history.

Our perpetual, byte-sized interactions are not only a detriment to our concentration, focus, productivity, and personal safety, but they’re also hurting our intelligence.

A 2005 study at King’s College found that when distracted, workers suffered a 10- to 15-point IQ loss—a greater dumbing down than experienced when smoking marijuana. A 15-point deficiency takes an adult male down to the same IQ level as an 8-year-old child.

The Author

What do the FBI, NYPD, Department of Homeland Security, Navy SEALs, the Peace Corps, Georgetown University Hospital, MetLife, HSBC, Cisco, Shell Energy, Johnson & Johnson, Seventh Day Adventist Church, and New York City doormen have in common?

assumptions

are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make—bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake—if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble.

- The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

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How could looking at Monet’s water lily paintings help save your company millions?

How can checking out people’s footwear foil a terrorist attack?

How can your choice of adjective win an argument, calm your kid, or catch a thief?