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Dr-David-Banner

It hit me today. I'd spent all day working with timber and drilling holes and so on. Sometimes work needs to be done. I felt tired later and lay down but all of a sudden realised that during the day my mental energy had been low. That is compared with doing intense maths. How it adds up is possibly simple. Energy directed physically ultimately takes away from pure mental capacity. You can't solve deep puzzles while physically working at the same time. Excluding the odd inventor who solved some puzzle riding a bike. The shocking truth though is seemingly this: Work can detract from intelligence as it burns physical, mechanical energy. I guess in many ways this was known to ancient Greek philosophers. You have to ask why modern societies are not so developed and inequal and I'd wager it's because only physical work is idealised. The other aspect of how we use our brains is "socialising". Amazing that those of us who are poor socialisers or on a different wavelength are dismissed and excluded. Possibly 90 per cent of our value or employability is based on image. Add to that submissiveness to the majority view. It could be argued the more you socialise and are accepted by majority, the less you develop your raw, analytical brain power. I mean, what do we actually do when socialising? Sure it is needed for survival and culture so people can reproduce and form societies and clans. Ultimately though socialising (being good at it) risks conformity and dependency.

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The more you ponder "intelligence" the more it seems the world's most intelligent inventor Nichola Tesla already had the answer. As ever - he invented AC generators. Tesla quoted two elements to creativity: (1) Isolation and solitude. (2) Being antisocial. Therefore, being socially isolated in many cases forces people away from socialising towards some creative activity. Could be maths, chemistry, music or art. The hard part though is we evolved to be social so not being integrated into social groups or even family units obviously creates stress or possibly mental neurotic disorders.

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The one major Achilles heel for me is "mechanical" intelligence. I really struggle with purely mechanical problems to the point it can create meltdowns. According to Soviet research around the 1980s, it's documented that a high percentage of HFA patients have spatial/time impairment. This causes extreme difficulty in mechanical judgement and likewise problems with left and right orientation. It's thought to be more accute where HFA is connected to pre-natal fever or toxic reaction. Modern Western psychiatry coined "dyspraxia" as one single co-morbid condition but early research looks at it differently. Large percentages of autistic males have lagging numerical and mechanical intelligence. Yet far higher linguistic intelligence. Not only that: One Soviet psychiatriat noted that male HFA subjects had more in common with females since females tend to struggle with mechanical tasks. Plus latest studies in the EU indicate females outperform males in foreign language skills. I have highly efficient female friends who are fast working and great communicators yet can't oil a stiff lock. The only point where I differ is I don't see brain impairment as final. I claim to have beaten my dyscalculia so think intense therapy could lessen my mechanical struggles. By the same token there's no reason why females can't acquire mechanical skills with study programs.

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I certainly struggling with learning physical tasks and my spatial awareness is poor. I have difficulty coordinating a physical activity such as how and where to position myself at each stage. My visual memory - at least short-term visual memory - is poor so I struggle to learn physical tasks just by watching someone do them. Ideally I need to also be able to have some written instructions and a permanent visual record of what to do such as a video or at least a diagram or pictures of what to do at each stage. However asking for such things to perform simple tasks strikes most people as bizarre or inadequate so I tend to struggle on. As regards visual memory it takes me a long time to learn a route whereas other people seem to pick it up very quickly. However I can learn physical and spatial tasks with enough practice without ever becoming entirely confident. I think these sorts of problems are more likely to affect individuals with autism even if other areas of intelligence are good or even excellent. They may also though be reflections of dyspraxia which often links to autism although the two conditions can exist separately.

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It seems science and employment more generally divide into theory and applied so that theoretical has' always been undervalued. For example mathematicians and physisists are very undervalued even compared to architects or structural engineers. These days as I became more aware that the autistic mindset tends to be more geared to theory, I started to encourage the process. I do recognise my knowledge in sciences is pretty useless in modern society but it kind of feels like it's the way I am. Take yesterday: I spent some time just working on exam questions with a calculator. Stuff of no actual value unless you plan to build a modulator and transmitter. I'm somehow attracted to the data aspect of the subject but it would be incorrect to say such an approach shows no overall understanding of the basic subject. Very often I just fiddle with digits often in no order, sequence or plan. Often I create alternative formulas that may already exist but not used in the textbooks. I "still" have maths impairment though. Still no confidence to handle money at a till and I often struggle to distinguish between, say, 5000 cycles and 5 kilocycles, more so as the numbers increase. As to actual mechanical skills I may not want to even start fitting a bike cable. I particularly struggle to undo nuts and distinguish anticlockwise. I dread those chord driven radio dial mechanisms as well and once to try and visualise it, I tried winding a weighted rope around a broom handle to visually see how rotations lowered and raised the weight, up and down. 

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Had a very productive few days just doing maths. Old exam questions. There are really intense periods of trying to arrive at answers. One thing I notice is the more you go "inward" and do theory and calculations, the more actual work doesn't get done so there is more clutter around. It's as if you are away from actuality. If I wasn't doing sums and scribbling numbers I could be painting or fixing something. However real deep concentration definitely makes your brain adapt even if there is no actual value to others involved. I recall Nesf sort of referred to something like this once when she said her language approach was more theoretical. Theory seems less valued by others as it's just knowledge but you may not apply it to have something to show.

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