|Robert: "whereas I maintain that - in terms of conceptualizing, the fundamental issues are the same, just done with different senses as primaries..."|
I wonder how well a musical prodigy like Mozart could verbally conceptualize what he was doing at age 7 or 8? Considering that many musicians claim to be "inspired by muses" and such...Rand wrote of the tragic artist who gets by on a natural gift but never conceptualizes what they are doing, and when the "gift" is gone, they don't produce the way they use to, if at all.
The hallmark of a developing mind is a process of visualization to verbalization. Witness the child in "show and tell", who presents the object visually while learning to describe it verbally (abstractly.) Musicians do the same, they present the work aurally, while learning to express what they do verbally. Rand elaborates on this in the AYN RAND ANSWERS, in regards to shapes like triangles and such as a "mystic language". I don't have a copy here to quote, but her point is that until one is able to think in WORDS they remain on a pre-conceptual level. (I could be quoting wrong, and remembering wrong; does anyone have the book handy to reference? I'd be much obliged...)
To keep on topic...at any rate, I think that where the fundamental issues are the same, even with different senses as primaries, is the grasp of forms and relations. A musical prodigy will grasp the relations between tones, and a visual prodigy will grasp the relation between shapes and color. In essense, they are natural spaceplayers. ;) Now, the catch here is that her promoters are hyping her religious aspect, but does she grasp the relations between man, god, and faith well enough to convert atheists to Christians, or are the converts converted by the mere fact that the child is painting religious themes? Has she presented a reasoned argument or appealing to emotions?
(Edited by Joe Maurone
on 11/11, 10:34pm)