From the 1902 Sears and Robuck catalogue
Gee I can't help but wonder? If Auitsm were a buzzword in 1902 would the Nerve and Bain Pills offered here cured Autism as well? This pill seems to cure about everything.
At one time Sears was the "Wall mart" of America and you could by almost everything from them including homes (kits) It was shipped to you va Rail and freight services. A majority of their business was mail order. As I looked threw this catalgue it offered
Arsenic Wafers for your (deadly) complexion , worm cakes and lots of other stuff. If the world wide web would have been available back then I'm sure there would have been out crys from say the people that were usuing Mercury treatments as the next big peer reviewed treatment. Literally Mercury was at one time a new discovery and used to 'cure' things. Even one famous composer of the 1800's (name escapes me) died from Mercury Posioning despite his doctor saying "stay the course".
My point is humans are jut smart enough to be dangerous, time and again we go off on a tangent and take a sliver of truth or a sliver of hope or sliver of something bad and blow it out of proporation and miss the real point to life. While Autism is a great new discovery a new age epedimic as we know , it in reality has not changed from the old days. The defination and the diagnosis standards for it, have been lowered and the education system has been watered down (in general) to the point were its worthless so Autism is a victim of the new contempary age we live in.
Autism figured out ,still holds the keys to the next 1000 chapters in psychology, It explains man's roots and even connects him to his past but: one would never guess that. Contempary Autism is anything but a hype and buzzword generator and employment for a lot of people. The depths of mind body and soul are all figured out in old working autism and the roots to mans thoughts are just too buried in plain sight to be realized. Man has been presented with the final clue to his internal psychology workings from every generation for centruries on end now and is too ignorant to see the real picture. That is understandable as hmans think in short cuts all the time but in reality the stuff that makes us tick is the long hand version of our mind. This stuff is Savants , the village idiot the stuttering person the genuis and the crazed killer as well as the normal person. All human traits have common roots and our minds are like plug in modules. If we made all the right connections in life, in terms of the sub level thoughts, we come out normal but ,if we miss a few were not quite the best we can be.
When an Autistic person displays the lack of eye contact, we are thinking with your daydreams (lack of better words) and in effect were just plugging in our modules as we picture think,eventually when we learn to do that we come out normal . Until that time, we don't do a lot. Now- a- days that the Autism "Self help course" minus splinter skills and obessions has been banishied from the autism ranks and contempary Autism people are group homed there is no real chance of autism success of the type that built computers. Autism is both smart and dumb and MR/DD and Einstein and the connection from one end of the human mind to the other. Just like before it wll be ignored by the very 'expert' that knows autism so very well. Was that Dr. Rimland's theory when he seen to it Obession and Splinter Skills the core of Autism succes were removed from the autism charade? By taking away that chance , we might as well cure autism with the pills from the 1902 Sears Catalgue ,one might be as effective as the other.
Rich Shull on the blog Pre Rain Man Autism .
Labels: Future Horizons, googling autism, Rimland, Verbal Talking Autism