As humans we have several orders of magnitude more input bandwidth through our eyes than through any of our other senses. When linked to modern computer technology, this innate visual bandwidth proves an underutilized resource. Visualization is especially worthwhile when we wish to increase the quantity, and, because of the pattern-recognition capabilities of our brain, the quality of information entering our mind. In a much-referenced article in the 1952 AAPG Bulletin (“Towards a philosophy of oil finding”), Wallace Pratt recognized and was the first to state that it is in our minds where hydrocarbons are first found. This special section...

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