Another Research Essay from Dasha – “Extreme Literalness in autism”

The main (and very logical) feature in ‘autistic verbal language’ is their extreme literalness. One verbal word has only one ‘inner image’ – something the child can refer to in his or her ‘mental vocabulary’. Some autistic children seem to have difficulty accepting synonyms. I share their frustration. How can two or even more words... Continue Reading →

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One of Dasha’s ‘Research Essays’

Human 'environment is built to the specifications and limitations of a normal human perceptual system' (Grandin & Johnson) that may be not very suitable for autistic HSs. What's to be done? Some very one-sided humans would say, 'They [autistics] are in a minority. Let them adjust to our world.' Some 'other-sided' humans would cry out,... Continue Reading →

‘Birds and bees’

It’s hard to believe now (when the government’s approved the sexual education for 5-year-olds) that there were times when parents and teachers were embarrassed even to mention the words ‘sex’, ‘sexual intercourse’ and ‘reproduction’. As usual, humans turned to animals to ‘take the blame’ for something they were mortified to admit – as if they... Continue Reading →

What humans have got wrong about hares

As mad as a March hare – completely mad, crazy – is a common English idiom based on a popular belief about hares’ odd behaviour (including boxing at other hares, jumping vertically and so on) during mating/breeding season. Since the 16th century, the phrase has been found in many texts, for example: - in Sir... Continue Reading →

What humans have got wrong about mice

Mice love cheese – Yes, but only when there is nothing else on the offer. They prefer high-sugar diet of grain and fruit. If there is nothing to eat, mice would consume anything – meat, dead bodies, their own tails, and yes, cheese. References: Hanlon, M. & Fryer, J. (2006) ‘Of mice and myths’

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