Caution

Aug. 11th, 2017 05:55 am
supergee: (fractal brain)
“A revolutionary brain supplement formulated to give you ultimate brain power. Known in Scientific Terms as a NOOTROPIC or GENIUS PILL” might not work exactly as advertised. And other advice on neurotropics from Dr. Alexander

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supergee: (neuro)
ADDers. (I seem to be much more an ADDer than an Aspie.)
supergee: (neuro)
Once again, people with autism do not lack empathy. And I love the phrase “people with neurotypicality.” People are not their mental conditions.

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supergee: (spectrum)
I have spent years wondering if I am autistic, even though I have a Theory of Mind and can pass for neurotypical in many social situations. For one thing, I have a number of other issues that are often labeled autistic, such as attention deficiency, dyspraxia, hypersensitivity, and an approach based on living in my mind and dealing with the world, rather that living directly in the world. Rebecca Burgess shows us that a spectrum is not more-or-less, the way the autistic one is usually described.

Thanx to Metafilter


Almost forgot: This post on Status 451 seems to cover some of the same questions. (Technical math terminology warning. And I am perversely amused by a measure of autism based on the mathematics of Paul Dirac.)

Milestones

Nov. 4th, 2015 06:39 am
supergee: (neuro)
Scott Alexander on developmental steps past Piaget’s.
supergee: (neuro)
Multiple personality activism. Gurdjieff and others say we're all like that, but most of us don't know it.

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supergee: (neuro)
Robert Sheckley wrote a great sf story called "Protection." The protagonist is faced with an alien menace, but the friendly aliens reassure him that he's OK as long as he doesn't lesnerize. Unfortunately, he has no idea what lesnerize means, and they can't tell him.

I've been like that all my life. I don't seem to have Imposter Syndrome, but in its place I have the feeling that at any moment I might get caught violating the Rule That Everybody Else Knows. In general, I always wonder if people's internal states are like mine. And now I can wonder what universal human experiences am I missing without realizing it.

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Functions

Dec. 6th, 2012 01:46 pm
supergee: (neuro)
Fifty years ago, I kept hearing that thinking and intuition were opposed to each other and were, respectively, masculine and feminine. When I pondered my own mental processes, I wondered why I was not a hermaphrodite. Fortunately, I found an Authority who offered a different model: Carl Jung said that thinking and intuition were perfectly compatible and had nothing to do with one's genitals or desires.

Jung said that thinking and feeling were opposed, but there are other models that find them compatible, and while they don't describe me as well, I find them plausible. What I don't find plausible is the attribution of those functions to genders, the idea that thinking is masculine, and thus to favor it over feeling is sexist.

We have all been here before, only with race, from both sides. We think, and they feel, so we are better. Occasionally, we feel and they think, so we are better. I didn't believe it about race, and I don't believe it about sex.

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