reply to post by inverslyproportional
I'm not sure if it, is attributed to any particular genetic mutation, but I happen to fall between aspergers and savant on the Autistic scale, which
most cases of photographic memory seem to fall.
I personally think it is a mind filtering issue. The average person gets totally absorbed or mesmerized by whatever their focus may happen to be on
and everything else tends to drop away... wouldn't that be nice? It can be trained using one pointed meditation however, so there is a hope for some
normalcy but it takes time. Whereas on the Autistic spectrum there is no filter you see it all you hear it all and feel it all etc all seemingly at
once, how this seems to differ from attention deficit scales, it that the attention is drawn to the new stimulus over riding the draw of the main
I dated a woman with severe adhd and I can honestly say autism and adhd get along well enough but when one can talk volumes on a subject no one seems
to care about and the other seems to have the attention span of a gnat... no offense intended it can get frustrating for both sides.
reply to post by natalia
If it was something controllable by sheer will? Then no I don't think it would be such a curse... but I think there is actually something in the
short circuiting of the mental filter, that actually produces the phenomenon, so I think control of it if possible would be a very hard skill to
learn, not impossible, just a lot of constant mindful self discipline and trying to forge a path without a guide in how to go about it and succeed all
by your lonesome.
But even when learning a language you still have to have the motivation and put forth effort to do so. The things you naturally have an curious nature
about come easier the same as it is will anyone... or else the subject is like pulling teeth and you could care less about it and even avoid such
subjects on purpose...
Language is actually pretty easy; learn all the verbs... there's not really that many, then learn to conjugate them with he, she it etc. then the
rest is just vocabulary... the easy way for that is how many words do we have for the same thing? Shoe, sneaker, sandal etc. the foreign word? just
add it to the list...shoe, sneaker, sandal, chaussure, zapato, Schuh, obuv'... etc. becomes pretty easy if you think of the new language as nothing
more than synonyms... (same meaning different word) put like that I suppose it sounds pretty obvious, that that's all it ever was to begin with, but
you can actually learn a couple of languages, at the same time that way.
I suppose the oddest thing of all? I can speak a two whole languages, that I never studied... Indonesian and Farsi, but I have no idea what I am
saying, and couldn't write or translate them if I wanted too... but dictated out into a language program they fit exactly, what I was meaning to say
in the situation, and those two remain the same language, It's really bizarre. I also speak a weird conglomerate mutt dialect; of several languages
to my cat, all mixed together that translate into making sense, putting the individual words through a translator.
Channeling that ability into something viable; where I know what I am saying in my mind into the English equivalent, instead of the meaning and
intention of the words fluently flowing out would be nice... but I have no idea how, I could go about that in a simple way... I also lack interest in
trying to do it. I just take it as a weird quirk I have. But it has to be a side effect of photographic memory... I watch a lot of foreign films not
But in my opinion, turning it off and on just doesn't seem to go hand in hand, with what causes it to arise in the first place. But poisoning my
brain with aluminum dust has granted me some solace; from what I do think of as a curse... yes it helped in school and college but recall without
comprehension into the actual subject it pretty useless... you're just a parrot repeating information without any depth or insight into the subject
matter in those situations... which is is part of the problem facing education today, most of it is just rote memorization that requires no actual
comprehension of the subject matter.
Pretty sure that's probably why; the word idiot oft times predicates savant.