The Enignma and autism
1934- from the book The
I'm delighted to announce the start of a new series of posts for Pre Rain Man Autism and they are 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.
Alan lived from 1912-1954 and seemingly his life like many of ours, has autism written all over it. The book is filled with quotes form co workers and friends and others that glaringly point out just how "Autistic" Alan might have been. Like our double-blind autism experience Alan seemed to be a product of the times and everyone knew him as odd and strange but admired him despite his uncuth ways for his work and ideas. Also like many of us once he was outed he was dropped like a hot potato. Still he was Father of the Computer, and a W.W.II hero all the same. Most of Alan's history and achievement is glaringly obvious on the History Channel (US TV) but all of his work is hidden and called British secret service work. If he would have been straight he might have been a saint.
I will relate the quote from the book an add my autistic insight to the quote. Please keep in mind autism 'experts' have never had thoughts like these and they have never been in a text book before. Also keep in mind many Professionals in the Psychology community are still under the impression we are and he never would have been autistic as we do too much in terms of real life. Perhaps they haven't done enough? Our Double-blind experience is there to study. In this case most of the quotes in the book are usually from 1954 or before and most took place well before Kanner "coined " the term autism. If Autism had been diagnosable then like it is now he might have been labeled and thus prevented form his success.
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com