Socially, Different and it Shows
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.
"New acquaintances at Bell Labs complained of Alan giving no sign of recognition or greeting when he passed then in the halls; instead, he made an explanation hinting at when he found so many aspects of life difficult. ' you know at Cambridge, he said, you come out in the morning and it's Redundant to keep saying hallo, hallo, hallo' he was too conscious of what he was doing, to slip into conversation without thinking. But he promised to be better."
I doubt that any autism professional of today like, Wakefield or Rimland, or others would know what he or she has just read in the quoted Enigma text above. Odds are they would see Alan 's behavior and know it as a simple 'stuck up Aspie' especially, if a particular person was pretty high functioning. What the quote actually tells me is Alan was a picture thinker and either knowingly or unknowingly his life was filled with picture thoughts and thus he was too busy thinking about things to even bother to say 'Hi,'be social, or for that matter care whom he was talking to. As Alan said he found many aspects of life difficult-well, no wonder. All of us I mention on this site that have done the double-blind autism experiment, just like Alan was doing can tell you while we are picture thinking, our traditional thought the average person assumes we have, is hardly ever there or functioning. We might have had enough Optic vision to see who it was we were talking to and to keep us walking down the hall without hitting things but odds are our brain generated images were on more than off and thus our optic vision was off. In essence we might be thinking with your daydreams as our standard thought process. That could very well explain WHY we are so good at problem solving and new ideas as we think of them in really DEEP and intense ways and it could also explain why we never quite get it socially. Many in our anthropology do WELL in social things as we have learned a lot of social lesions the hard way AND we leaned HOW to use our picture thoughts to their maximum ability. The stuff we do is kilometers beyond what Temple wrote about in Thinking in Pictures, and obviously Autism doesn't understand her book so it for sure thinks we are on another planet. Our Autism explains Autism and has been proven with repeatable results, something that is not welcome news these days.
Alan's picture thought was most likely on technical things but even social thoughts are in pictures as well. So IF we are in a social mood our thoughts are still mostly in pictures. Worse yet, Social Picture thoughts need converted into words and if we are to keep up with the conversation we need to jump threw some hoops or figure a few short cuts, like we have done. While this is perfected autism that allows us to blend in, and in effect hide ourselves in society, It is also the figured out autism that explains savants to stuttering. What we have done is figure out the obvious to us autism -- we are Autistic after all, what modern Autism has done is figured out their version of autism and they missed the boat as none of them has ever had an autism thought. While they might have had some good intention and the right idea many years ago Autism Professionals and their empires of today are now stuck in the muck so deep that can't even keep their head above water. While people claim we are not autistic as we do too much/I can make the same counter claim as they are not autism professionals or they would know what we know, or care enough to figure out their precious savant, their gold standard of autism.
Hint-if you merge the two sides of this autism debate you will get a few results!
Obviously, the world was better off not knowing of Autism as a psychology buzzword. Perhaps, If I send this post off in regular mail, I best use and Autism Awareness postage stamp? I would not want them to think I didn't care about autism.
Rich Shull,,,, http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com/