From The Enigma, Page 13.14
"Besides watching daisies grow, Alan liked inventing things. On 11 February 1923 he wrote:
Dear Mother and Daddy,
I have got a lovely cenema kind of thing Micheal ** sills gave it to me and you can draw new films for it and I am making a copy of it for an easter present I am sending it in another envelope if you want more films write for them there are 16 pictures in each but I worked out that I could draw "the Boy stood at the tea table" you know the Rhyme made up from casabianca I was 2nd this week again. Matron sends her love GB said that I wrote so thick i was to get some new nibs from T.Wells and I am writing with them now there is a lecture tomorrow Wainright was next to bottom this week this is my patent ink
There was nothing about Science, inventions, or the modern world in the Common Entrance examination-the public school admission test, which was the raison d'être of School like Hazelhurst. Casabianca was nearer the
**Alan's spelling and punctuation, here and throughout, is faithfully reproduced
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mark. In the American Natural wonders everything had to have a reason. But the British system was building different 'thinking spots'- the virtue of Casabianca, the boy on the burning deck, was that he carried out his instructions literally, losing his life in the process.
The Masters did their best to discourage Alan's irrelevant interest in science, but could not stop his inventions- in particular ,machines to help him in the writing problem that still plagued him: "
Autism is Einstein working its way down and out of our minds into normal thoughts like yours. This clearly evident to me here as Alan was quoted. The odd spelling the lack of punctuation the odd capital letters all signal picture thoughts being translated. Example .... know the Rhyme made up from casabianca...... The capital R in Rhyme would have been a KEY picture thought. A picture thought is closely related to you describing a day dream. The word Rhyme would have had to have been a very bold "for sure" meaning to him-thus the importance given to it by the capital letter. It was like Rhyme was suddenly the subject of the sentence and not just a thought as normal tinkers would know it.
Alan's Picture thoughts are as follows (my best Guess)
::: I have got a lovely cenema kind of thing Micheal ** sills gave it to me and you can draw new films for it:::
Alan's picture thought would have been Michael holding a "cenema scope" If you had a day dream of Michael holding a cenema Scope that would be similar to Alan's thought that made it to words.
:::I am making a copy of it for an easter present :::
I think his Picture thoughts would have had a picture of the calendar and a "list of holidays and perhaps a motion picture thought of his family gatherings. Motion Picture thoughts would have reviewed the last "100 or so" family gatherings he had. He could have taken all those motion pictures he had in the span of a few seconds and simply converted them in the phrase "easter present".
:::I am sending it in another envelope:::
This short out of place thought is indeed a picture thought moment and Autistic people know what I mean this is a natural short thought for us and only in later life with a bit of luck to do we make it flow in both conversation and in print. There is good chance his motion picture thought here was just like you watching a film strip of a person posting a letter. The modern day equivalent would be a person posting a letter on You Tube. These detailed complicated thoughts are then translated down to normal words. Once we figure out our base thoughts our picture thoughts we no longer do thoughts like this and just simply say the words. This picture thought would have turned OFF his OPTIC vision. He would have watched this "filmstrip thought" via his optic nerve but it would have been brain generated and again our eyes would have been off-giving you the lack of eye contact presentation autistic are famous for. These Deeply complicated and complex thoughts are natural for us and thus why we need to water down our thoughts to communicate with you. Autism Is working down from Einstein not up from MR/DD.
:::if you want more films write for them there are 16 pictures in each:::
I'm sure Alan had more picture thoughts here of each cenema picture in his holder and cenema scope. If you were to have the same thought you would know it as engineering drawing, again were working down from engineering drawing and not up from mr/dd. Modern Autism lost track of that ideal.
::: Wainwright was next to bottom this week :::
Someday Alan would have said, "" Mr. Wainwright was next to the bottom of the class again this week"" after he discovered like the rest of us that in order to communicate we need to water down our thoughts and then 'Pretty them up'. along the way we learn the '99 conversations people have' a conversion factor that converts our invisible to you Autism Picture thoughts to real life words. Since every one of us autistic is self taught we all have our own Picture thought dictionaries. But we all go threw the same basic idea of converting our thoughts to your normal ones. Both print and speech, are equally improved.
Picture thoughts like I mention here are the soul of autism and they have never been in text book before so that makes them VERY difficult to understand. It is impossible for the average thinker to even grasp what it is we do during the lack of eye contact autism thoughts we are famous for. We are in reality using the building block thoughts that compose your normal thoughts to think with. Autism once figured out yield normal thoughts, however these normal thoughts are just watered down 'easy versions' of our normal complicated Picture thoughts. Autism remember starts out at Einstein level and them filters down. The key to our "savants" and the key to our normal functioning adult autistic is simply a few key picture thoughts and those ideals once exposed would add a 1000 chapters to the psychology books and not a moment too soon. I'm sure in later life Alan would have presented nearly normal as he surely would have put a lot of splinter skill insight together to form a few normal thoughts. Once we experience a few normal thoughts we mold of our thought to match. Modern Autism students are generally speaking cheated out of this experience. Rich Shull on the Blog Pre Rain Man Autism and Alan Turing- The Enigma on Blogspot