Short Thoughts, Short Changed - Autism's hope was extinguished
As I meet modern Aspie from all walks of life one common thread I see in them is the lack of ability for deep complete thoughts. In general, that is also true of the younger generations as well.
I seen on "DR Science" on PBS a short 5 minute filler piece that explained (or attempted to) why you cried when cut an onion. I remember that same idea on OLD TV and they explained in depth how chemicals were released in the air, the names of the chemical etc. The modern explanation was your eyes water when you cut an onion and the reason in modern times REALLY (no kidding) was, how you like it if someone cut you! There was no more explanation than that.
I guess in the new world of short attention spans and instant gratification from hitting the 'enter' button has created a generation of superficial people that actually do get confused with an honest explanation. Talking with a picture board an aspie milestone, is seen as great. "We do that and then some." Teachers perhaps are limited to WHAT they can teach and for sure the examples they might use for fear of being accused of pushing one point or another are taboo. Thus they just 'idiot proofed Education' from Lawsuits mostly and teach the very basics and that is all.
I still experience however in the same people often wonderful in depth knowledge usually from their splinter skills that even modern autism can't turn off. That fountain of youth and knowledge is just seen as a the making of a savant and at least modern autism schools haven't succeeded in killing that yet. ( give them enough time) In reality those of us thinking with honed proficient picture thoughts know full well how the picture thoughts that we use that have never been in a text book before NEED complete thoughts and answers and indeed picture thoughts are more than capable of more advanced thoughts than normal thoughts are. I would have never invented my Turing Motor with normal thoughts. Normal thoughts will never discover Autism either they are just polar opposites.
Even more importantly, those deep thoughts we figure out are the spring board for our Picture in Picture thoughts the ones that tend to make us social! (and allow us to have eye contact)
See what happened, when the "experts" took over Autism and assumed we were MR/DD and treated us like such. See what happened when The Rain Man Empire created the self Experts of Autism with only peer reviewed input - They missed the whole point now they can't admit to us now! Curse you Dr Rimland for not listening to all of us!
Rich Shull on the blog Pre Rain Man Autism
Inventor of the Turing Motor a 70% Efficient Green triple hybrid car motor