Tuesday, December 27, 2011

From Geeky Muse (Temple Grandin)

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

March 5, 2010  

by Andrew

In her recent TED talk, Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, tells us how her mind works. She gives an overview of how people on the autism spectrum think and makes the case that the world needs those people: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids. She describes autism as “a continuum of traits. When does a nerd turn into Asperger, which is just mild autism? I mean Einstein and Mozart and Tesla, would all be probably diagnosed as autistic spectrum today.”

She also joked that Silicon Valley would not exist today if it weren’t for those geeky neuroatypical minds, which drew a big laugh from the techie crowd. And she suggested that this next generation of kids with autism, properly mentored and motivated, could solve the world’s energy problems.

“The world needs different kinds of minds to work together,” she said. Check out the Ted Talk below. I also recommend the HBO original movie, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes.
TV: Jone Juliet Buck on Temple Grandin
“The film is a triumph for Claire Danes, who should win not only an Emmy but an Oscar for the jagged, unsentimental, utterly clear channeling of Temple Grandin. With a mop of curly hair, a mouth full of big teeth, the flat, skinny body of one who eats only pudding and Jell-O, and a voice that’s either a shout or a tumble of words, she’s transparent, luminous, ungainly, and wild. She gets us inside the head of the girl who hates French because it’s full of fish-”eels.” And she makes us understand that understanding is her version of feeling.”


mythopolis said...

Simply an amazing presentation by an amazing person! It's really got my mind going this morning. Thanks, Dee.

Stickup Artist said...

How Fascinating and insightful. I actually learned a lot about myself! My mind is spinning. I could go on and on. For instance, I see photos before I take them. Then, I drive to the beach, desert, mountains, wherever, at the right time of year, at the right time of day, with the right weather conditions, and perhaps the right moon phase, to find them in reality.

My sister-in-law works as a proctor at a high school and just earlier tonight was broken-heartedly telling us stories about just such kids Ms. Grandin speaks about. And these kids really do suffer from being so misunderstood, just because they are different, and no one seems to have the wherewithal to engage them.

mythopolis said...

Carole of the blog, Shrink Wrapped Scream has a son with Asperger's and often writes of the challenges therein. (She is linked on my site, though you may already know this...)