Monday, June 27, 2016

"Biased information"

Think I first noticed this in the APA's web site (years ago), same title as below. Now it's everywhere (web search) - and bears repeating:

Homosexuality was thought to be a mental illness in the past because mental health professionals and society had biased information about homosexuality since most studies only involved lesbians and gay men in therapy. When researchers examined data about gay people who were not in therapy, the idea that homosexuality was a mental illness was found to be untrue.

Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality
http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/orgs/avproject/orient.htm

I think this is, as Michelle would say, "autism-relevant".

Sunday, September 13, 2015

HUMAN Extended version VOL.1

Not specifically about autism. It does have horses - and goats.

HUMAN Extended version VOL.1 [1:23:19]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdb4XGVTHkE

Saturday, September 12, 2015

AQ

Not sure how old or accurate the test is but it's here: http://aq.server8.org/


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

At the checkout

Anonymous: Are you waiting here?
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Why are you there?
Me: So I don't block the aisle.
Anonymous: You were here first.
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Okay, you go first.
Me: Okay...
Anonymous: It's not right - I have to wait.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: You put a straight line there. And I put one here. And I put my food here. But not too close.
Me: Thank you.
Anonymous: Don't worry, I won't let them touch.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: It's not right. If someone is here first, you have to wait.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thoughts on metaphor

As a teenager I heard an interview with Pierre Berton where he said, "unless we understand the metaphor..." (wish I could remember the whole sentence/quote). I thought this was key to understanding what people were doing, saying.

In the autism debate I notice many (or some) autistics use metaphor (including me), or try using it. That's how I learned that metaphor can also generate confusion and lack of clarity. One possible example is here.

Maybe it's ironic that while attempting to understand and navigate non-autistic society we choose devices that work against us, especially against establishing clarity in the current debate (where our human rights are at stake).

Saturday, February 07, 2009

"Eating Bark"

That's the name of a blog I found while googling Ryoan-ji temple (more photos here). The author (who might be an architect) seems to be a very good writer (how would I know?) and seems to have great respect for balance.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy new year

By one calendar, at least. See Wikipedia's New Year entry for a complete list. Nava Varsha, for example, isn't due until March or April.