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Pragmatic Planning

I aimed for the impossible, not because I chose, but because I did not know any other way. I constantly worried about my performance. I wanted foolproof plans that worked, but people always spoiled the plans by not doing what they are supposed to do. But I continued to try my best to continue. Seeing...

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An Autistic Guide to Facebook

When I started receiving invitations to join online social networks, I believed that these to be nuisances which I was forced to join when too many friends pressure me with invitations. I later realised that: With photos and names listed explicitly, I can keep track of my friends even when I have trouble with names...

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Creativity & Story Writing

I have written many stores in my school days, one of which won me the third prize in Primary School. Thinking back, perhaps I did not deserve the prize as I did not understand the concept of a story at all. Story writing was an analytical and technical problem for me: "How do I construct...

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Writing Mental Heuristics

Children with autism tend to rely on fixed rules rather than flexible guidelines. This makes it difficult for them to develop appropriate, spontaneous reactions to new situations. Much like a computer program dialog box awaiting instructions, they tend to freeze when encountering the unknown. A helpful coping strategy is to learn heuristics through social stories...

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Entering the NeuroTypical Parallel Universe

The human heart is a metaphor for an invisible web of intentional meaning relationships. This web extends to everything, beyond people into the entire world/life/existence/being. It is a hidden dimension of our consciousness – a ghost that cannot be seen or measured. Only those who have experienced it will truly know what it means, and...

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Combating Fanaticism

1) I am right. 2) It is impossible for rational and educated people to disagree with me. 3) Anyone who disagrees with me is wrong. 4) Whoever disagrees with me must be convinced to agree with me. 5) Whoever cannot be convinced must be forced to agree with me. Together, these beliefs define the core...

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