Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?

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?

Paranormal World | Children who remember past lives | Ramoo and Rajoo Sharma and the memory of the body

When psychiatrist Ian Stevenson began investigating the children who speak of past lives, there were phenomena waiting for him that he didn't expect. To introduce these, I'm going to use the story of the twin boys, Ramoo and Rajoo Sharma. In 1971, Stevenson says a sessions court judge in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who remember past lives | Ramoo and Rajoo Sharma and the memory of the body

Rescuing Shyness and/or Autism | how one teacher and a lot of books rescued me

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

Rescuing the Future | Afghanistan, January 6, Haiti, Global Warming, etc | the need for World Government to save us from ourselves

Listening to the accounts this week of the catastrophic collapse of the Afghan government, and realizing that this is happening only months after the unprecedented assault on the US capital, and with the announcement that 2021 is now on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, I couldn't help wondering whether people fully … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Afghanistan, January 6, Haiti, Global Warming, etc | the need for World Government to save us from ourselves