Autism | Weak Central Coherence | Who can’t see the forest?

In her 2008 book, Autism – A Very Short Introduction, psychologist Uta Frith discussed the "weak central coherence" theory. This is related to the tendency of autistic people to focus on detail. Walking through a forest an autistic person will see the trees and things on the forest floor – ferns, horsetails, fungi, insects, tiny … Continue reading Autism | Weak Central Coherence | Who can’t see the forest?

Loners | Introverts, or ‘auties’ on the spectrum?

Some years ago I discovered that there was no website devoted to solitary people. So I created one and called it Loner's Highway – my previous blog that concentrated on the nature and life-experience of loners.  But most loners are shy, and I began to regret leaving other shy people out, so I returned to … Continue reading Loners | Introverts, or ‘auties’ on the spectrum?

Rescuing Reality|Covid 19|mental health and the consequences of ‘stay-at-home’

This week I learned that UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres says the stay-at-home policy invoked as a defense against Covid 19 has resulted in a “horrifying increase in domestic violence.”  Was that a surprise to anyone? Well, it shouldn’t have been. After approximately 200,000 years as ‘Homo Sapiens’ (the 'wise hominid'), we ought to know ourselves … Continue reading Rescuing Reality|Covid 19|mental health and the consequences of ‘stay-at-home’

Rescuing Reality | Covid 19 |Quarantining the World

"Life is a shipwreck, but that doesn't mean we can't sing in the lifeboats," Voltaire once said. But the problem for people across the world now, because of the Covid 19 pandemic confined to their houses and apartments, sometimes in just shacks and tents - in our 'lifeboats'-  is that there is not much to … Continue reading Rescuing Reality | Covid 19 |Quarantining the World

Rescuing Reality|Covid 19 |Closing playgrounds and off-leash dogparks

Yes, this week Toronto closed down our playgrounds and off-leash dog parks. Day after day our political leaders seem to be falling over each other trying to think up new restrictions. We're told that these things have to be closed down because medical experts say so. Well, show me the science that says a child … Continue reading Rescuing Reality|Covid 19 |Closing playgrounds and off-leash dogparks

Rescuing Reality |Is social distancing getting out of control?

Last night I watched Jake Tapper and Dr Sanjay Gupta on CNN discussing a video of people walking and jogging in the sunshine along San Francisco's seafront. They were deeply disturbed at what they perceived as a lack of social-distancing. In fact, most people were more or less 6 ft/ 2 meters apart most of … Continue reading Rescuing Reality |Is social distancing getting out of control?

Rescuing Reality |Covid 19 corona virus pandemic

Now that the Covid 19 corona virus outbreak has been declared a pandemic, stock markets are plummeting around the world, pro sports stadiums are closing their doors and face masks are proliferating in the streets, I think it’s time for a bit of a reality check.  Look at these current estimated wild world populations of … Continue reading Rescuing Reality |Covid 19 corona virus pandemic

Autism’s lost loners|the boy who bought the Earth

  Somewhere I’ve said that I think most loners are on the ASD spectrum. Enough has been written about famous loners who, in ‘real life’, have or probably have or had Asperger’s syndrome/ASD - Bill Gates, Michael Jackson, Vladimir Putin, Abraham Lincoln, etc, etc - in this series, I’m going to look at forgotten ones, … Continue reading Autism’s lost loners|the boy who bought the Earth