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By Olga Bogdashina

During this clever and incisive ebook, Olga Bogdashina explores outdated and new theories of sensory conception and communique in autism. Drawing on linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology and quantum mechanics, she appears to be like at how the character of the senses tell an individual's view of the area, and the way language either displays and constructs that view. studying the 'whys' and 'hows' of the senses, and the position of language, Olga Bogdashina demanding situations universal perceptions of what it skill to be 'normal' and 'abnormal'. In doing so she exhibits that autism may also help to light up our realizing of what it potential to be human, and of ways we boost schools that form our cognition, language, and behavior. within the ultimate bankruptcy, she explores phenomena frequently linked to the magical - together with premonitions, telepathy and deja vu - and indicates that those can mostly be defined in normal phrases. This booklet will attract an individual with a private or expert curiosity in autism, together with scholars and researchers, scientific practitioners, participants at the autism spectrum and their households, academics, speech and occupational therapists, and different execs.

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Some can develop abilities to leave it (even if temporarily) to visit the world of the majority, but some never get a visa to cross the border and they stay in their world most of their lives: It had been the same as long as I had known…some things hadn’t changed…since I was an infant swept up in the Side-Notes: A Few Questions To Ask / 51 perception of swirling air particles, a child lost in repetition of a pattern of sound, or a teenager staring for hours at coloured billiard balls, trying to grasp the experience of the particular colour I was climbing into.

For example, in the experiment ‘Gorilla in Our Midst’ (Simons and Chabris 1999) the researchers asked the subjects to watch a video of a basketball game (lasting for about a minute) and count the number of consecutive passes between the players of one of the teams. Although most subjects reported 32 / AUTISM AND THE EDGES OF THE KNOWN WORLD the correct number of passes made by the players, many of them did not notice when a person dressed as a gorilla walked into the game, stopped in the centre, thumped his chest and walked away.

He was very much interested in science, religion and art. 7 However, Huxley warns that in some cases, mescalin can trigger very shocking and unpleasant experiences (Huxley 1954/2004). 8 Huxley was eager to try to experience the same physical environment from the perspective of someone whose consciousness was ‘qualitatively different’: It seems virtually certain that I shall never know what it feels like to be [someone else]. On the other hand, it had always seemed to me possible that, through hypnosis, for example, or autohypnosis, by means of systematic meditation or else by taking the appropriate drug, I might so change my ordinary mode of consciousness as to be able to know, from the inside, what the visionary, the medium, even the mystic were talking about.

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