30 great minds Daniel Tammet
Daniel is noted for Synesthesia where the mind connects all kinds of things visually-perhaps using a form of our picutre thoughts. Picture thoughts are wonderful and so full of depth that normal thought misses that point'.Psychologists, can't even do more than sigh with the advent of Synesthesia. Syensthesia ranks right up there with picture thoughts and even picture thoughts and are the basis for the normal human mind as you know it ,and for sure Psychology will never figure it out. I can see were picture thoughts would take on a life of their own and while I think with "real picture thoughts'' that directly relate to life at large , I can see where Synesthesia would fit perfectly into the autism mind set and might possibly be a short cut for picture thoughts. Needless to say it works well for him. I wonder does it have anything to do with is reciteing Pi to 22,000 places?
Many Aspies are language Barron's as well, as is Mr Tammet and perhaps we have the advantage of picture thoughts again. Psychology and even many autistics don't realize we are both deaf and blind during our thought process and being blind assures we hear more of the words people say. Being Deaf for milliseconds at a time trains us to listen to for the real important things and odd sounds. As I fumbled threw language I discovered when I really did learn the art of eye contact and looking at people and doing body language in a conversation there was another whole means of communication to learn. I much preferred just plain words. If psychology ever learns the entire mind and all its levels and how all function and form simple short cuts thoughts man calls "normal" the deaf and blind part of autism will called that instead of lack of eye contact. IF Autism ever learns that during the lack of eye contact we need to be thinking in pictures and they know what to teach us all Autistic could overcome and many of us would naturally develop our Einstein abilities. By happenstance many people of my generation over came the autism picture thoughts our partents teacher and tutors knew we were not going to function until we regained eye contact. Letting us unknowingly picture think was the very best thing that could have happened to us as what we learned built on the work of Temple Grandin. Add a few more layers to Temple's work and indeed you come up with normal everyday thoughts. Isn't that whole goal of Autism and Psychology research?
Tammet like many of us is gay and many cases the 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Charm School" we went threw as a right of passage was so helpful. Many of us became social butterflies. By the time we learned the additional thoughts Temple Grandin doesn't use yet and learned the eye contact ideals and then went threw the autism charm school of being GLBT we were set. In fact there are at least 200 more of me and we met online in a group on Yahoo for Gay Aspies. Dare I say there way too many of us on there that do way too much to be admitted to especially since we do so well. With none of us in group homes many of us driving and doing normal lives and even some of us overcoming a narcissistic parent there is not much chance our our experience ever getting off the web . For sure Autism research can't admit to us or even explain us so they let sleeping dogs lie. Until they admit to us and learn from us and until they figured out what we did humanity will be stuck to seeing us and our results as the bright spots of autism. Rich Shull on the blog Pre Rain Man Autism
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