Top Secrert Autism!
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.BACKGROUND for quote. Alan was in New York City working for Bell Labs (AT&T) on New York's West Street by the piers. This was January 19 , 1943.
From Page 245,
"Like most organizations devoted to secret work, Bell Labs operated in a cellular fashion so that people never knew what was happening outside their own department. Alan, however, was free to move into any 'cell' he wished, although he had to be careful not to transfer information himself. It came through the to the Bell engineers with whom he worked that his 'clearance' had not come from the Army or the Navy, but from the WHITE HOUSE itself. Most of his time, however, was spent in one particular 'cell' which had the responsibility of trying to crack speech encipherment systems which had been proposed. He made an impression from the start, for within an hour of arrival he had solved a problem. It involved a scrambling system in which time segments were permuted, by means of nine Magnetic heads simultaneously reading a magnetic tape. "that ought to give you 945 codes' said Alan when this was explained 'its 9x7x5x3' It had taken one of their technicians a week to work it out"
I suspect 9x7x5x3 was simple Picture Thought for Alan. I can see the simple logic to his logic and it seems to fit into picture thought brain generated images we use to think with to a tee. Every proficient picture thinker, was self taught and simply learned and blended his or her life experience into traditional thought. I'm sure Alan had his own "Dictionary" of Picture thought figured out that was unique to him and probably not shockingly matched his splinter skills. People that know me know I'm horrible with math and never got the "math gene" but as I read The Enigma, the autism logic is the same. As I meet people from all over the world via our anthropology we all seem to share an Autism Logic (picture thought) and each of us blends our Splinter Skills into it in our unique way.
IF we are very lucky, as Alan was we get to "show off" our skills and along the way develop socially if not a bit awkwardly. Alan's clearance came directly from the Whitehouse and through out his life especially during W.W.II he was one of the best things around. Many years later he was never given the time of day and he was shunned after he was outed. If he was good enough for the Top Secret war effort an honor to itself, why was it after he was outed he was ruined, professionally. He was always gay and had been all of his life, like the rest of us. When one is outed however small minds make a big issue of it. Normal humans we find, are not thinkers but rather, reactionaries. They take a small tidbit of 'something' act on that and in essence make a quick poor choice. We learned social skills totally backwards if you will and thus like our autism thoughts give us a unique view of the world our social thoughts parallel the '99 conversations people have'. Honestly most conversations are the same things over and over and the only "fun" parts of human conversation are the times when a buzzword is brought up; weather it be Autism, Gay, a political word, a curse word, or a 'big' word. Sadly, human behavior is just as bad as their conversation, when you look in the cracks of society your liable to see beautiful people that are blind, in a wheel chair, disabled veterans without Arms and legs and all we do as a society is hide them. The once poster child for a cause is no longer even given the time of day years after they were paraded across the TV screen.
This SELF DISCOVERED self developed Autism like Alan demonstrates here and as our Anthropology also shares is simply unfooled with autism. Our success was such a fine refinement of error so to speak but, yet it all worked out for the best. Our double-blind experience that COMPLETED the autism cycle is absolutely the stuff modern autism does NOT want to know about. Our Timing is all wrong and Autism-the Empire of Autism-would be crippled with our admission. As modern Autism Students are told in so many words they are autistic and poured into the "Oh Help me mode," even fewer of them than in our generation will be able to develop with the splinter skills and have the freedom to somehow explore and figure out their autism thoughts. Perhaps IF the guru's of psychology would care to figure out our thought process that has never been in print before and blend some aspects of that into modern autism education we could spark the fire of autism once again and steer our kids away from the group homes! I don't care If they call it their research and spin it to support the Autism Empire the important thing is we "Break the Code" of autism thought! Trust me even the very best researchers will never figure it out as it takes one to know one.
If Alan would have lived and figured out even more of Autism or more like us figured out his thought process was picture based I can only imagine the Temple Grandin style book he would have been able to write. For sure he would have had proficient Picture Thought all buttoned down and he to would have bridged the gap between the savant and the village idiot.
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com