While most of us can experience mental imagery, some people cannot vividly imagine pictures in their mind - and they function just fine. This raises the question: what do we even need mental imagery for? And how problematic is a lack of mental imagery?
Within the blink of an eye, the world around us has changed, in ways we could not have imagined. The world, which we (especially the people living in relatively stable and wealthy parts of the globe) often interpret as makeshift, seems uncertain and unpredictable at best, simply terrifying at worst.
We human beings excel at worrying. We have a well-honed ability to think all about the distant future, and to anticipate all the happy and not-so-happy events that await us. When we are faced with problems we cannot solve, these problems continue to float around in our memories.
How are schools doing, when it comes to welcoming children with autism into mainstream education? How successful is the 2014 Dutch Appropriate Education Act for pupils with autism? An estimated 16,000 school-age children do not attend school, with about 5,000 suspected of having autism.
Hearing is important in many aspects of communication, health, and quality of life. Still, many people ignore the risks and turn up the volume on Spotify or fail to protect their hearing at music festivals. Lost hearing will not return, so why risk it?