As I mentioned in my previous article, human culture takes the human brain+mind completely for granted.
Few stop to consider how their brain+mind works, much less how to more effectively and efficiently utilise, or even master, this master tool of ours.
There is an unspoken presumption that:
- All human brains+minds share the same neurological components and structure, and
- All human brains+minds operate using the same functions and modalities.
- Ergo, all humans think, and experience thoughts, in the same way, with few to no variations.
In reality, we do not all think in the same way, much less in only one way. Different people think and experience thoughts differently.
Just to name two examples (who so happen to be autistic):
- Temple Grandin “thinks in pictures“, and
- Daniel Tammet experiences “linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia“.
There is more awareness on the subject today, thanks to TED Talks such as these.
However, general cultural assumption still dismisses neurodiversity as more neurological aberration than natural variation along the multi-dimensional spectrum of neurocognitive phenotypes.
I admit to being someone who never gave the mechanics of my brain+mind any thought, until my autism diagnosis at the age of 32 in 2013. Conversations with my psychologist made me realise just how different my brain+mind was, compared to the neuromajority.
I often tell people, “Language is not my first language.” Language is, in fact, my second “language”, and one I’m very poor at. This is because I don’t think with words, or even pictures.
I think with proprioceptive resonance.