A Held Back Alan Turing Figures out Einstein,
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.
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The School Certificate passed, the system allowed him a small part to play, that of the 'math's brain.' There was no mathematical sixth at Sherborne, as at some schools, notably Winchester. There was science sixth for whom mathematics, Alan's best subject, was regarded as subsidiary. Nor was Alan Promoted to sixth form immediately; he was held back in the fifth for the autumn of 1928, but allowed to join the sixth forum for their mathematics classes. These were taught by a young master,Eperson, just a year down from Oxford and a gentile, cultured person, the kind master who would consistently be played up by the boys. Here was the chance for the system to redeem itself at last, the spirit breaking through the letter of the law. And in a negative way, Eperson did what Alan wanted by leaving him alone.
""All that I can claim is that my deliberate policy of leaving him largely to his own devices and standing by to assist when necessary, allowed his natural mathematical genius to progress uninhibited. ""
He found that Alan always preferred his own method to those supplied by the text book, and indeed Alan had gone his own way all the time,makeing few concessions to the school system. During the machinations over the school certificate, or even before, he had been studying the theory of relativity from Einstein's own popular account. This employed only elementary mathematics, but gave full rein to ideas which went far beyond anything in the school syllabus. "
Alan Turing like many of us lucky enough to be able to complete our double-blind Autism Experience was thankfully never held back completely although he was allowed to attend 6th grade math while being held back to the fifth grade for other subjects. THANKFULLY no one was there in the form of a modern 'Autism Expert' or special education system to "SCREAM" he is Autistic and CAN'T do a thing, don't push him etc.
As our anthropology's experience indicates most of us had our very worst times in 4-5-6-7 Th. grades, a time in education where the simple things become more complicated and MOST importantly the time our Picture thoughts need to be there and developed and yet ignorantly, they were never mentioned even once. Like Alan Turing and the rest of us, Autism will not own up to, we had to give our selves a crash course in Autism Picture Thoughts. Usually by 8th grade or so we knew we had a different type of thought process and were thinking in pictures to a large degree. THEN JUST AS NOW autistic picture thought IS invisible to anyone but us and it turns off our optic vision and replaces that with a brain-generated image we look at analyze and then convert to words or new thoughts. (something like your day dream) It was no wonder Alan was thinking in his own way, as Autism thoughts even in 2006 still have never been in a text book before. Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures is only the very tip of the picture thinking ideals.
Typical traditional thoughts seem to be so shallow and one dimensional while our autism thoughts can be just like reading a book, just remember a picture is worth a 1000 words. Einstein and Turing had to be picture thinkers as it is only a picture thought that could ever give enough detail for their complicated thoughts and theories and they were lucky enough to be able to translate those thoughts to real words or theories and even their inventions.
Splinter skills are indeed related to picture thoughts and pictures and picture thoughts build and build upon each other, thus the idea, Splinter skills are our learning hallway. I urge Special Education and Autism Professionals to get off their high horses and realize that splinter skills and their development and identification seemingly have saved generations of Autistic people form a group home. Yes, our anthropology has proven that fact time and again. Perhaps that is one of the major reasons we will not be admitted to?
If Alan or any of us for that matter, were able to be taught our Picture Thoughts and how to use them that would have propelled us deep into all kinds of things. Thankfully, we were all smart enough to invent and realize our own naturally different thought process. Working Autism might very well be the building blocks of the human mind and an explanation of the human mind and how it works and it does things like talk,think and process emotions. If you take our Anthropology's experience and condense our experience you could honestly teach Autism by sixth grade! We seem to explain everything from Einstein to Dyslexia.
I'm sorry to be so bold and forward especially due the fact I'm missing a degree in anything but real life but the fact remains, we explain the savants and relate to all of autism. You must agree the exploited savant is the gold standard of autism and If the savant was explained so would most of autism. What we have figured out is a different type of human thought that has never been in a text book before and it also is NOT naturally going to be exposed in any research done by Autism, Psychology or Education. It takes one to know one. The most confusing part of this autism puzzle is completed working autism like ours mimics traditional thought, but to get to this point we still have to do it on our own. No Autism Professional it seems, is professional enough to even listen to us, we have came from the Wrong Planet (Thanks Gupsy).
While this double-blind completed autism experience holds all kinds of real life hope for autism and indeed many other aspects to mankind's being. Our experiment just concluded and the timing could not be any worse. Autism Today, Is a Big Empire, complete with postage stamps, race cars and fundraisers and even TV shows and of course a movie that might have launched the whole thing. The circus act savant types of things and now the modern Images of Autism being helpless are just what was needed to help this big pity-party launched. Add to this mix self-elected "experts" That might or not have Autism best interest at heart and you have a big mess. Many Autism Professionals it seems really don't care long term, as if they did they would beating the doors down to glean our secrets not, building their walls even higher trying to hide from us. One thing is for sure they were never expecting a whole host of honest home grown critques that have been there and done that!
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com