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By Edgar Schneider

This article presents an account of Edgar Schneider, a high-functioning autistic, with recognition deficit illness (ADD), who was once misdiagnosed as a schizophrenic within the overdue Seventies. notwithstanding, sixteen years later, after the opportunity examining of a piece of writing on autistic savants Schneider used to be alerted to the chance that he were wrongly clinically determined. Schneider examines his problems with relationships, his excessive ache threshold, his loss of focus and his hugely absorbent intelligence, all of that are with regards to his autism. He additionally describes the excitement he derives from artwork, song and literature, the significance to him of his spiritual ideals and his paintings with mom and dad' help teams.

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Her explanation was one of total finality to one’s being. This included any consciousness of one’s own existence. ’ I remember thinking that she had, at best, used a poor analogy; her conclusion did not necessarily follow from her premise. The shoe could be kept on a shelf or in a dresser drawer. It did not have to be discarded. Thus, it was not this awful notion of death that disturbed me (that did not disturb me at all). It was her bad logic. Before I go on, definitions are in order. ‘Death’ occurs when the laws of biology and chemistry come together to cause cessation of all functions of the body.

DISCOVERING MY AUTISM 37 I greatly enjoyed Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory because it had, for me, an interesting thesis. It was that a good cause (the Catholic faith) can be served by a person (the priest) with bad intentions (his pride). Likewise, a bad cause (the revolution, which was as oppressive as the dictatorship it overthrew) can be served by a person (the police officer) with good intentions (the people would ultimately have a better life because of what he did). This did not prevent the good cause from being good, as I read the ending.

It does help that I have a love of learning. I could even call it a voracious appetite. I am hard put to think of a single course that I took, in either high school or beyond, in which I did not use the knowledge gotten there as a foundation for building further knowledge on my own. Yet, this would do me little good if I were not able to absorb this learning. To explain this seeming paradox, I considered an analogy between the human thinking process and a computer. The brain can be considered to be like the storage and the processor.

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