Alan's Picture thoughts?
These could be brain generated images
They need Autistically "translated"
Did Rain Man read the phone book above?
The photos (left and right ) are taken from the The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
It is VERY likely the pictures on the left and the right could both have been Alan's Picture thoughts! The Picture on the right is the actual Navel Enigma Machine and Alan's rotors mentioned in this post are visible. The drawing on the left makes perfect sense from a image stream picture thought perspective. INDEED our Picture thoughts can be as detailed as the one on the right is- just try to explain that in words! This could just as easily be a picture of the phone book that Rain Man could have read from!
Posts and quotes from the book: (and pictures) ALAN TURING: The Enigma By Andrew Hodges
Simon and Schuster New York. Copyright 1983
Related Item PBS-BBC show entitled Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitmore, based on The Enigma.
From Page 156,
"Donald MacPhail drewup a blue print of the design, dated 17 July 1939 . But Alan did not leave the engineering work to him. In fact his room, in the summer of 1939, was liable to be found with a sort of jigsaw puzzle of gear wheels across the floor. Kenneth Harrison, Now a Fellow, was invited in for a drink and found it in this state. Alan tried and lamentably failed to explain what it was all for. It was certainly far from obvious that in the motion of these wheels would say anything about their regularity with which the prime numbers thinned out, in their billions of billions out to infinity. Alan made a start on doing the actual gear cutting, humping the blanks along to the engineering department in a rucksack, and spurning and offer of help from a research student. Champ lent a hand in grinding the some of the wheels which were kept in a suitcase in Alan's room, much impressing Bob when he came down from his school at Hale in August"
The quote states "Alan tried and lamentably failed to explain what it was all for. " I bet you Alan knew exactly what it was all for and in Picture Thoughts brain generated images similar to you day dreams he had his entire project figured out and working. Because Picture Thoughts and sometimes our ability to "translate them to speech" is not always that great we come off as bumbling idiots at times. That kind of promotes the Savant angle as our power points seem impressive. We have to learn HOW to Translate Picture thought to speech by trial and error IT HAS NEVER been in a text book before. To this day it has NEVER been in autism or an autism Guru's university course work.
IF Alan could have explained his thoughts it would have taken several hours most likely not only for Alan to come up with the explanation but also to find a way to waterdown the thought into small bits so the traditional thinker could understand it. A picture is worth a 1000 words and a million thoughts. As near as I can tell when a traditional person describes a dream or daydream completely and accurately it kind of seems to be similar to what we do to convert our Picture thoughts to traditional thought. Picture thought is our PRIMARY thought process and traditional thoughts as we are being forced to learn in school are not our natural language.
If Autism knew of our different thought process it would WELCOME the lack of eye contact, and the obsessions we sometimes harbor. It would know as we have proved time and again once we learn and develop our basic picture thoughts we would be able to do normal thoughts and Autisitcs one with ease. Our Anthropology has proven this time and again and IF our double-blind experiment was figured out our typical 20-30 year aspie learning curve for our thought process could be reversed in to a 6 year autism pre school and then most of us could be mainstreamed into real life.
At this point 1939 In Alan's life, it seems like he might have had proficient picture thoughts but he was still short on the "experience" needed to teach him how to tell others. His thoughts were NOT their thoughts and he would loose them with his explanation. Once it seems Aspies figure out we don't have the same thoughts as our traditional counterparts we use that well earned knowledge to capitalize on the idea we need to start watering down our complicated thoughts to smaller bites the average thinker can understand. Just as Everyone assumes everyone else is for example Straight, people also assume EVERYONE thinks with traditional thoughts to. I cherish the people world over that can be and let be and see the reasoning to all things great and small. I really like the free thinker of the world that thinks outside the perverbial box and Say's "GEE" that could work! Or Gee what a wonderful approach to a problem. Now If we could get our autism experts to see what we see?
As long as Autism insists on treating us as retards and absently takes away our very best chances we might never make it. As you seen Alan's insight was barely passing muster as it was. I cannot fault autism too much for not getting this idea of autism as it has never been in a text book before but I can fault them for Ignoring us on purpose.
A word on Picture Thought many Modern Aspie don't have a clue to what we have just talked about, others are jumping with joy realizing-gee there is our Thought process-Even the Picture thinkers LOST in modern Autism have been even less able to figure out their thought by trial and error as Modern Practices take AWAY our former best chances at our success.
Rich Shull Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com