Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest
Потрясающая статья про neurodiversity. Пытается сочетать прекраснодушие IDIC с простым и трезвым взглядом специалиста. Достаточно убедительна, чтобы даже некоторые русскоговорящие товарищи прониклись. (По той же ссылке - краткий пересказ на русском. Но комменты читать с осторожностью.)

И отдельно поразившее:
The primary metaphor used to describe the workings of the brain for 400 years has been the machine. The problem with this kind of approach is the human brain is not a machine; it is a biological organism. It is not hardware or software. It is wetware. And it is messy. Millions of years of evolution have created hundreds of billions of brain cells organized and connected in unbelievably complex systems of organicity. The body of a neuron, or brain cell, looks like an exotic tropical tree with numerous branches. The electric crackling of neuronal networks mimics heat lightning in a forest. The undulations of neurotransmitters moving among neurons resemble the ocean tides.
Like an ecosystem, the brain has a tremendous ability to transform itself in response to change.

И простая, но, в сущности, страшноватая мысль:
We like to think our array of mental disorders is free from those kinds of value judgments, but the reality is that in 25 or 50 years, we will undoubtedly look back on today’s psychiatric diagnoses and see the bold imprint of our contemporary prejudices.
It may be too soon to know exactly what those biases will be, but I would like to suggest that one reason each of these mental conditions has been defined as abnormal by our society is because it violates one or more important social values or virtues.

Мне всегда казалось и кажется, что неизбежность перемен в том, что сегодня ты считаешь истинным и незыблемым - например, в своей собственной личности - страшная штука. Однако...
"If change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial, doesn't logic
demand that you be a part of it?"

@темы: схема переустройства мира