In my novel, The Birdcatcher, remembering his time in school when he was a boy, Christopher Stone has this thought: Why can't we let shy children be shy? Why do we insist that they go into schools to be bewildered and bullied? Most of what I learned as a boy had come from books, from … Continue reading Rescuing Shyness and/or Autism | how one teacher and a lot of books rescued me
The way out is via the door. Why is it that no one will use this method? - Confucious This is another subject I've been avoiding. But reading a post last week of Cheche Winnie, a Kenyan blogger I follow (Cheche Winnie.com) because she provides an up close and interesting look into … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | climate change | first the simple answer
I still hope to one day meet and talk to a machine that is more intelligent than I am.
Whenever I see animal tracks ...... I'm always reminded of this obvious truth: that reading and writing are older than speech.
Sometimes psychologists try to explain autism using 'theory of mind'. Books on psychology devote whole chapters to theory of mind, but to keep a lid on this idea, I'll just quote Dictionary.com: the ability to interpret one’s own and other people’s mental and emotional states, understanding that each person has unique motives, perspectives, etc. Those … Continue reading Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?
Until today, whenever you visited this site, the photos you met of Alan Conrad were dishonest. That is, they were five years old, taken when I was age 70. I've been feeling guilty about this deception, so I've finally produced new ones. So whatever you see from now on is the authentic me, in 2021. … Continue reading A New Alan Conrad
When I had my previous website, The Shy Highway, the most successful thing on that site was the page "For Madmen Only", a short essay on the enigmatic ending of Herman Hesse's 1927 novel, Steppenwolf. Though a committed loner all his life (he is often found on lists of famous people proposed as Asperger candidates), … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | Herman Hesse | Steppenwolf again |and For Madmen Only
If someone was to ask me who I think was the greatest public speaker in our time, I would respond without hesitation, Barack Obama. This morning I listened to the speech he gave this week in Richmond, Virginia on behalf of democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor again this fall (don't ask me … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Barack Obama vs the Culture of Meanness and Tribalism
I'm not going to go into detail about why there has been no email here for so long, except to admit that is was solely my fault. So, whether you have a question or you just want to tell me why you think I'm wrong, you can now send me an email at: email@example.com
What a surprise was in store for me.