Dasha’s ‘Wisdoms’ – ‘Dashaisms’ (3)

All you need to know you can learn from your cat. Humans are cats’ pets Among all animals, cats are the best behaviour modification therapists of humans. *   *   * In his essay “Sermon in Cats”, Aldous Huxley insightfully said: “If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best... Continue Reading →

What humans have got wrong about rats

In the West, rats have bad reputation. The conventional (negative) attitude is reflected in language when it uses animals to convey human features, for example: Rat – a deserter from a cause, difficult situation, a person who deserts his/her friends of associates, esp. in time of trouble; an unpleasant person, a scoundrel. Smell a rat... Continue Reading →

2020 – a Year of the Rat

Saturday, the 25th of January 2020 is the first day of the Chinese year of the Metal (Gold) Rat. Rat is the first animal symbol of the 12 Chinese Animal System, and for this reason, 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. According to Chinese Five element theory, Rat is in the... Continue Reading →

What do we measure with IQ tests?

Some autistic individuals are said to have intellectual disability. This claim is based on the results of standard IQ tests. The key word here is 'standard': the IQ tests are designed to determine whether a person is developing within 'normal' range or is 'slow' or 'stuck' in his or her development. However, as autistic individuals... Continue Reading →

Autistic Emotions

Difficulty in understanding and expressing emotions does not mean that autistic individuals lack emotions. The most common emotions (because they are most 'visible') in autism seem to be feelings of 'not belonging,' fear, stress, anxiety, depression and anger. The fear of uncertainty is quite common. Many autistic individuals display high levels of anxiety. The causes... Continue Reading →

Savant Syndrome

Savant syndrome is thought to be a rare but extraordinary condition in which persons with serious mental disabilities have some 'island of genius' which stands in a marked contrast to things they cannot do. Only 10 per cent of autistic individuals are said to have savant skills. Areas of skills traditionally attributed to savants are:... Continue Reading →

Concept formation: Why is a very small dog not a cat?

Non-autistic children learn to form categories and generalise. They unite things (not identical but serving the same function, for example) under the same label. They store concepts (not perceptual images and experiences). These concepts become filters through which all sensory experiences are filtered and organised into classes, groups and types. All sensory information seems to... Continue Reading →

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