Lincoln and Autism
From his Own Words and Contemporary Accounts
A booklet from the National Park Service- source book series- Number Two
Edited by Roy Edgar Appleman dated 1950 page 14 Power of Memory
This passage I'm about to quote here is pure picture thought at work the way old Autism people would have known it to work. Here is the passage,
"Power of Memory"
"Lincoln possesses the faculty of memory in an unusually high degree. Apparently, he could remember with ease the what he thought worthwhile retaining in his mind. here, in the words of one who saw him at work almost daily for over 16 years, one glimpses the process by which Lincoln's great speeches took form.
Mr. Lincoln had keen susceptibilities to the hints ,insinuations ,and suggestions of nature and of man which put him in mind of something known or unknown;hence his power of and tenacity of what is called the association of ideas must have been great;his memory was exceedingly retentive, tenacious and strong; he could write out a speech ,as in the Cooper Institute Speech ,and then repeat it word for word, without any effort on his part. This I know about the 'house divided' against it self speech; he wrote that fine effort ,an augmentative one ,in slips, put those slips in his hat ,numbering them and when he was done with the idea he gathered up the scraps ,put them in the right order, and wrote out his speech ,read it to me before it was delivered ,and in the evening delivered it just as written without notes or finished speech;his susceptibilities to all suggestions and hints enabled him through his retentive memory at will to call up readily ,quickly and accurately the associated and classified fact, person or idea."
Herndon's "Notes and Monographs"
In these simpler slower times the deep thoughts like Lincoln had perhaps his picture thoughts served him very well. All humans have the ability to do picture thoughts and they are if you will daydream based. If we do them very well we can be Einstein with out any effort and if can't get them watered down and communicated we present as idiots- like many modern Autism people do. Modern times and their fast pace assure autistic people don't get the chance to communicate or even learn their different kind of human thought process like we used to do by default. For those knowing our Picture thoughts inside out, like we do (they have never been in a text before) the quote above is just pure and simple picture thoughts working and flowing just as they should. The act of writing a speech on paper scraps and them doing a speech from them is simple. I can only guess Lincoln was reading his speech word for word with his photographic memory. He could have easily looked at brain generated images (daydreams) of his speech and simply read it as if his optic vision were on and he was reading it in a traditional manor. Few Autistic people today realize their OPTIC and brain generated vision is interchanged and for sure that fact is never taught in the best autism school, despite being once common knowledge in Autism circles. These Autism thoughts are very intense and much more complicated than the average thought a normal person uses. I don't mean any offense here but normal thoughts are so weak it takes 20 of yours to equal one of ours. One nasty short cut normal thoughts entail is the addition of emotions and they really dilute the facts of the thought to a worthless level many times. Many times your logic is just emotions being acted out. (Humor) , Your all Drama Queens.
That presents a grand question,,, If Autism thoughts are so great how come Autistic people of today are so "odd"? The simple answer is Autism based in the deepest most primitive reaches of man's mind and the mind has yet to mapped yet. If it were, it would be obvious Autistic people were simply working a few steps below the normal thought spectrum. It would also show that fully functioning Autism Picture thoughts are indeed Einstein and alas the normal thoughts you use so well are just shorthand autism thoughts. Autism thought was once so close to being figured out and it is a shame it went designer became a billion dollar empire as such Man was cheated out the discovery of his mind and how it works. Since the "Experts" of the world are simply normal thinkers their hope of honest discovery and progress is nearly hopeless and they don't even know which questions to ask to discover anything. I dare any autism professional to treat us as genius and let us explore and do our splinter skills and then communicate with you, It can be done as we did it many times before. There are at least 200 more of us from all over the world doing the impossible it is time Autism done the impossible too- listen.
Abe Lincoln indeed passes the tests of old autism only we could give and relate to. Perhaps a few now deceased autism professionals before Dr. Rimland's (father of Rain Man and designer autism) era would have known him like we do but for sure modern missed the mark Autism is at a loss- what a shock!
Rich Shull on the Blog Pre Rain Man Autism on the web, at Blogspoot.com
Rich is inventor of The Turing Motor a 70 % efficient GREEN triple hybrid car motor that features no up and down moving parts.
Rich is also Author of the banished Autism book Autism Pre Rain Man Autism a book built on Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures. It explains and connects Autism thought to normal ones. Autism is both MR/DD and Einstein if done correctly.