The Enigma post 1
Posts and quotes from the book:
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 396,
From Lyn Irvine,"(1949) She was struck by Alan, with his off-hand manners and his long silences-silences finally torn up by his shrill stammer and the crowing laugh which told upon the nerves of even his friends: there was a strange way of not meeting the eye' and of sliding out of the door with brusque and offhand word of thanks'."
By this point in Alan's life he was pretty well adjusted. (for an Aspie) Like the aspie of today it seems he might have had an inept sense of social timing and he had a hard time controlling the volume of his voice. Perhaps the loud laugh is related to our super high hearing range, and we don't realize just how loud we are? Until some autism guru figures out our hearing is different we learn how to control that social factor on our own by trail and error we might go on like that. We can't hear ourselves like you think we do.
Lack of Eye Contact seems pretty obvious here as well, and that is a hallmark of autism even the new modern Autism. Probably what he was doing was Thinking in Pictures while his eyes were OFF and his OPTIC vision was being substituted with a picture thought he made little if any eye contact. This Optic-brain generated Image thinking has still never been in a text book before and if it were understood the lack of eye contact would be no big deal and in fact seen a great sign as the natural thought (for us) process was working. In other words think daydreams or dreams we seem to use these as our primary thought process. Only time will tell if indeed they are daydream related or something different from that even but, as of this writing Psychology and Education has yet to listen to our explanations. Our Autism thoughts might be prove to be the bulilding blocks of the human mind.
Long silences are also very common in autism as often times Picture Thoughts can't keep pace with traditional thoughts and we have found it just isn't worth it to be a motor mouth. Sometime if the conversation goes our way or really need to make a point we might speak.
As for slidng out the door that is another autism thing ,we are naturally bashful.
Rich Shull http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com