Mathew Rozsa at Salon.com does a great job of explaining dating and life with Asperger’s Syndrome. I think it’s a shame this is no longer its own diagnosis as it really varies distinctly from many other forms of autism. I especially appreciated the way he describes Asberger’s “If you have Asperger’s, however, the nonverbal aspects of communication do not come naturally to you. Although people with Asperger’s are no more likely to have linguistic or cognitive difficulties than anyone else, we do not automatically process the thousands of ways people communicate nonverbally. As a result, we have enormous difficulty functioning in social situations, from abiding by the unspoken rules of etiquette (and there are so, so many) and gauging how to avoid dominating conversations to coming across as inappropriate or rude without intending to. If life in a society is a game (and make no mistake about it, it is), having Asperger’s forces you to play while learning two-thirds of the rules as you go along, even as everyone else knows them instinctively … and assumes you do too.”
What I find most fascinating about Asperger’s and how it impacts an individuals interactions is the aspects of culture involved. Rozsa also covers this eloquently when he writes “For better or worse, there is a music to dating, and while people with AS can understand the verses (and often have a distinctly straightforward way of expressing ourselves that can be refreshing), we struggle with the pitch, rhythm, dynamics, timbre, and texture.” and “Of course, one of the twists of having AS is that you tend to develop an outsider’s perspective on social rules in general”. Effectively what most people think of as “natural” and “common sense” is anything but and is intrinsically localized to each culture. One of the only subsets of people who see this instinctively are those with a slight wiring disorder!!!
The PISA scores for 15 year olds around the world were recently released. While these scores do offer some indication as to how students from a given country compare, we should be reticent to make took much of these scores. Shanghai in particular is a city where much ado has been made about apparently high scores. This amalgamation of articles on China Digital Times points our many of the flaws in drawing to many inferences from Shanghai’s high scores. I would like to add a few points not included in the article.
1) Do we know ALL schools in Shanghai took these exams? Especially the schools created for a populated 100% by the children of migrant workers? I doubt very much these schools took part in the PISA exams.
2) Shanghai school quality cannot be compared to that of the Chinese countryside where the vast majority of Children still reside in China. (This assumes that Tier 3 cities and smaller are in reality rural areas versus urban areas). These schools in the countryside lack qualified teachers and are far behind in using technology in the classrooms. In fact only 40 of rural students attend high school, versus more than 80% in urban areas.
I figured 3 weeks without any posts was a bit too long! Nothing too long today, but a great example of filterpreting at work.
I09 has a great piece on Congruence Bias or Why We Leap to Conclusions and Will Not Change Our Minds. Have you ever down this? Leap to what seems like an obvious answer and then when told wiring just reword the answer or idea rather than come up with a new one? Or have you jumped to an answer and no matter what data you are shown will not “leave” your answer behind? If so you were demonstrating the Congruence Bias.
Overall this is a great way to think of filterpreting. Your brain has filtered and interpreted the data simultaneously and will not accept the fact your filterpretation is inaccurate.
I just finished reading this wonderful story by Ted Chiang. I am sharing because over the last several years some of the biggest surprises I have experienced, both delightful and saddening, are connected to how little our memories reflect the “facts” of what happened.
I read this article in the Guardian “Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?” In it they lay out the fact that nearly a third of Japanese under 30 have never dated. Additionally, a study by the JFPA quoted in the article found almost half of woman 16-24, and 25% of the men in the same age category, had no interest in sex.
Two parts of this article caught my attention. First, the idea that the push by the political establishment to increase child-birth is actually having the opposite impact. Second, only 8 years ago another article in the Guardian talks about the worry that Japanese teens were overly promiscuous. To quote “A recent survey found nearly 40% of senior high school students aged 15 to 18 have had sex. Nearly half of 17-year-old girls have had sex, compared with 17% in 1990.”.
Overall, I would say this is a great example of how one generation or gender can filterpret the data they are provided. I see this as an out of touch, older, mostly male generation misunderstanding and overreacting to social changes and creating a slew of unintended consequences.
I read this article in Mother Jones and Salon, I had a solid 2000 words written and then realized it was clunky and the logic was hard to follow. So I decided to KISS.
Basically, this study at Yale proved people will attempt to change how they do Math, to coincide with their deeply help political beliefs. Effectively, smart and capable people from all walks of political life stopped being able to correctly perform math problems if the answer disagreed with a political belief or answer they held. This is great (yet depressing) conformation of what I have been writing about on this site for years, we filterpret the world until it looks the way we want it and expect it to. To share one of my favorite quotes
“When reality does not coincide with deeply held beliefs, human beings tend to phrase interpretations that force reality within the scope of these beliefs. They devise formula’s to repress the unthinkable and bring it back within the realm of accepted discourse.” Silencing the Past ~ Michel-Rolph Trouillot