Aspergers and thinking differently
We just wanted to share this video with you today, it kind of sums up why there is nothing wrong with thinking differently.
One of the symptoms associated with Asperger’s Syndrome is the narrow range of interests that one can become obsessive in. Often people with Autism develop “special hobbies”, becoming totally obsessive around a certain interest at the expense of all others. The capability to block out all distractions and become highly focused has led to some amazing advancements in technology and scientific understanding. Often the capacity to recognize patterns that others do not, as well as the long hours devoted to the pursuit of ones passion have helped those on the Autistic Spectrum become recognized as geniuses.
Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison are two of the more famous individuals that are believed to have autism. These two are responsible for both the theory of relativity and the electric light bulb respectivley.
It is interesting that world renowned Autism speaker, Temple Grandin, once referred to NASA as a sheltered workshop for people on the Autistic Spectrum. Her opinion is that people with Autism are true innovators, and once got quoted as saying “if the world was left to you socialites, nothing would get done and we would still be in caves talking to each other”.
Even though this advertisment was commissioned by Apple, its very interesting to note that in this video there are quite a few characters who are speculated to have had Aspergers Syndrome, including: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Henson, Amelia Earhart and Pablo Picasso.