The Upside of Autism
HEAD CASE : Jonah Lehrer The Upside of Autism,
April starts Autism Awareness Month, and suddenly the press is transformed into a mouth piece for contemporary autism. Most every article describes the huge increase in autism cases, and often every article includes the following statements, the lack of eye contact ,miserable social skills and the fact there are more boys than girls with the condition, don't even mention the group home side of the story. This refreshing Wall Street Journal Article was quite different and actually told there was some of us that really do OK in many ways.
A big shocker was the mention of Autism's Temple Grandin. Temple is the highest functioning person contemporary autism will own up to. Perhaps she doesn't do too much and succeed in life like we do or she to would be shunned. Autism is blessed with and totally ignores its very best functioning population. We BUILD on the Work of Temple Grandin and take the picture thoughts to the threshold of normal. Normal humans use short cut thoughts and don't know it . Once we figure out autism's long hand thought your normal ones are the result. Temple Grandin has not got this far yet. Autism research has this idea no autism person can do more than she has unless of course they discover the cure. There is no worry of that ever happening as no autism researcher has come up from the bottom of the gene pool and thus they are totally ignorant of everything autism entails. Autism is not a top down thing as it is currently set up but, rather it is a bottom up to the top puzzle we had to solve on our own as it has never been in a text book before.
We are in fact a living anthropology of people from all over the world and figured out autism, it is the long hand version of human thought. We started out below 123 and the ABC's and ended up in Einstein territory. Our anthropology met each other online and we all tell the same pre rain man story and all came up with the same picture thoughts and same ideals no matter what country we are from or language we speak. We were all ignorant of each other and missed the antics of contemporary autism- or we would have been in a group home for sure. We even did a version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to make our social skills flow.
We taught our selves an entirely different kind of human thought. It has never been in a text book before. It is the next 1000 chapters in Psychology. Old Classic autism is also medical research stood on its nose. Our keen senses and pain tolerance of only feeling 7 and above on the 10 pain scale is just beyond belief. Still if we have been injured or sick our medical records ,stunned doctors, nurses are just set back a few notches as we bounce threw life pain free. This Pain Tolerance was once a common ideal in classic autism. It has been since the 1960's since our pain tolerance appeared in a medical journal. Most contemporary Autistic people are Autism not diagnosed to the old strict standards so most of them do feel pain and those that don't only hit the radar when they get seriously hurt- then they are often 'labeled as too dumb to be hurt' (and tell you about it).
Autism hero Alan Turing, 1912 -1954 gay autistic father of the computer and WWII hero ran marathons with out walls! The boy from Alverez (1600's) ran the woods naked in all kinds of weather. He was captured and brought to town for testing. Of course normal people in the 1600 's as well as , today testing 'different' people have the cart before the horse as always. The entire Montorissi School special education system we still us today is based on his tests and results. It seems not much has improved. I for one am very glad Autism forgot about our pain tolerance ,just imagine the torture chamber we would be in at some drug company lab while they seek to find a pill that copies our pain tolerance.
It has only been since Rain Man the movie that Autism took off and is now a big buzzword and political issue and yes and epedmic. Sadly the late Dr Rimalnd father of the movie Rian Man was ignorant of real Autism and his empire is now too big to overcome as those of us that really made it and did the whole trip up from the bottom of the gene pool are too little too late. The peer review and approval process has failed autism as those of us that really made it have a story to tell that no peer review and approved 'expert' will buy. Autism is BOTH mr/dd and Einstein. Since normal researchers have never knowingly had an autism thought the research of Autism is worthless. Unless they realize the entire scope of the human mind their short cut thoughts are just too shallow to figure out autism. Until some researcher comes up from the bottom of the gene pool like we did no one will have the experience to even look for ,or ask the right questions. Until then autism speaks but will not listen.
Thanks to the Wall Street Journal and Mr. Lehrer for not just printing the autism party line. It is refreshing not to hear how big autism has become.
Rich Shull on the Blog Pre Rain Man Autism
Special thanks to Dr. ands Mrs. Evans for passing this article along.
Rich is inventor of The Turing Motor a green 'triple hybrid' Car motor running on Compressed Air Gas and Battery- less electric.