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> It's interesting to note than any high level thought (e.g. mathematics) bears more resemblance to graphical notation than pure text-based notation.

Exactly! The more general the structures you're thinking about, the more visual approaches seem to become effective. That's my experience and Hadamard has some good discussion and data on it being a widespread trend in mathematical thinking.

Maybe a good approach for thinking about (at least partially) visual languages is considering which approaches are effective in thought for which types of subject matter. It definitely seems like the more general/abstract/high-level thought-categories make better use of relationship-focused visuals.

Also: that's why 'LabViz' yielded no seemingly relevant results on image search...

Check out Bubble.is I think they got the abstraction layer right.

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